Published on November 28th, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle0
Copa Providencia Ready to Return
A number of top female players from across South America will take part in the Copa Providencia, Chile’s most important women’s tennis tournament.
The $25,000 ITF tournament will take place between December 1 and 6 on the courts of Club Providenica, with Chilean number one Andrea Koch seeded second behind Argentina’s Florencia Molinero (228). Daniela Seguel, Fernanda Brito and Cecilia Costa will be among others flying the Chilean flag.
Defending champion Veronica Cepede, currently ranked 141, will not return to Santiago this year, a tournament she has one twice. Her opponent in the final, and regular doubles partner, Maria Irigoyen, is another absence. Former top 100 player Julia Cohen is another late withdrawal.
South American Games bronze medalist Bianca Botto will be in action, while Laura Pigossi, Catalina Pella and Gaia Sanesi are among the top seeds. Seguel is seventh seed and will hope to improve at home after some disappointing performances on her most recent European sojourn.
While the Panther’s singles record makes for disappointing reading, her doubles effort, including an appearance on the main draw at Wimbledon, see her closing the year ranked 141. Fernanda Brito will look to capitalise on a strong back end of the year, which has seen her collect two singles titles and three doubles titles for the year.
Koch, currently ranked 315 in the world, has three singles titles for the year, most recently winning the $10,000 Pereira tournament before falling in the final at the same location the following week.
The event was launched by some of Chile’s most important tennis names, including dual Olympic gold medalist and Davis Cup captain Nicolás Massú.