Published on May 24th, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle0
Seguel and Búa Fall in France
The South American pairing of Daniela Seguel and Tatiana Búa looked to have their first WTA title in the bag, but a spirited fightback by Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua saw the Australians finish victorious.
After winning the first set 6-4, the trans-Andean pair looked comfortable after 4-0 lead in the second set. With the Australian pair having reached three Grand Slam finals in 2013, their experience would always be an advantage.
The tables turned when Barty and Dellacqua defended three match points at 5-3, with the South Americans failing to take advantage in their first WTA final. The Australians charged on to win the second set 7-5 and take the match into a super tie-break, which the top seeds won 10-4.
Despite losing the final, it continues a string of strong performances by Chile’s Pantera and her Argentinian partner, with the ranking of both players continuing to increase.
The final of the tournament will also see history made, with both players reaching their first WTA final. Puerto Rican Monica Puig, who beat Seguel in their Fed Cup match, will face Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa.
Gonzalo Lama got his campaign at the Challenger tournament in Vicenza, Italy off to a strong start. The Chilean (266) beat India’s Purav Raja (1,175) in the first qualifier and will go on to face German Moritz Baumann (523) in the second round of the qualification tournament. Bastian Malla withdrew from his match against Christian Lindell.