Published on April 11th, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle0
Chile Look to Return to Fed Cup Glory
Chile opened their campaign in the Fed Cup Americas Group 2 with a big win over Barbados, followed by a hard-fought battle against Puerto Rico.
Like their male counterparts in the Davis Cup, Chile’s Fed Cup team had dropped to lower levels after poor performances. They also found themselves facing Barbados in a game they were expected to win.
While Chile’s young team faltered against Barbados, there were no worries for the team of Daniela Seguel, Andrea Koch, Cecilia Costa and Fernanda Brito.
After easily disposing of their Caribbean rivals 3-0, Chile then faced hosts Puerto Rico, with Andrea Koch setting the path with a victory over Yolimar Ogando in three sets. “Pantera” Seguel couldn’t keep up the rhythm against Mónica Puig, who is ranked 54 in the world.
Seguel teamed up with regular doubles partner Cecilia Costa for the decisive match, with the Chilean pair defeating Puig and Ariana Rodríguez 6-4, 4-6 y 6-4.
Having dropped out of the Americas Group One immediately after being promoted, Chile made some changes to the team. Inexplicably, Seguel, the top ranked Chilean player, was not involved in the previous year’s campaign. Koch, Chile’s most experienced player at the Fed Cup has led the way with victories in her opening two encounters.
Chile will next face Costa Rica, who do not count on WTA ranked players, to fight to return to the Americas Group I.