14 Nov 2017

Spotlight On... Fernanda Brito - October 2017


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: JAM MediaFernanda Brito (CHI)

October 2017


Fernanda Brito
(14 February 1992)

Played: 3 tournaments (2 singles titles)

Won: 28 Sets              Lost: 5 Sets
Won: 184 Games                Lost: 110 Games


25-year-old Chilean Fed Cup player, Fernanda Brito competed in three $15,000 tournaments, all as top seed, starting with back-to-back appearances in Argentina and finishing in Paraguay.

First was a visit to Villa del Dique where she had tasted success before back in April 2015 and Brito made steady progress through the rounds to set up a final against Argentina’s Stephanie Mariel Petit.

The pair had met four times previously over the course of their pro careers, including in Villa del Dique in a first round match in 2016 with Brito winning 64 61. As she did then, Brito dropped just the five games as she took the title with a 63 62 win to extend her head-to-head record over Petit to five wins from five meetings.

This was not to be the last time the two would meet this month either.

Buenos Aires was the next port of call for Brito, after a week’s break from the game, who moved comfortably through the draw, twice winnings sets to love and a place in the final was earned at the expense of Petit who this time lost out narrowly 64 76(3).

A second straight title triumph had to be won the hard way with Brito conceding the opening set 61 to Thaisa Grana Pedretti before hitting back to take the next two sets, each by a score of 75.

Brito saw the month out in Paraguay which would again bring about meetings with both Petit and Pedretti in the latter stages.

For the third tournament in succession, Brito and Petit faced off and had their closest match yet, although for Petit the end result was the same and a 76(8) 36 76(4) win, her seventh win from seven career encounters, took her into another final against Pedretti.

In Buenos Aires, Pedretti took the opening set 61 before Brito staged a comeback but this time, with Pedretti taking the lead again, this time 62, there was to be no comeback for Brito as injury forced her retirement from the match.