20 Jan 2017

Spotlight On... Victoria Rodriguez - December 2016


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Luis VelascoVictoria Rodriguez (MEX)

December 2016


Victoria Rodriguez
(22 April 1995)

Played: 2 tournaments (2 singles titles)

Won: 20 Sets              Lost: 2 Sets
Won: 127 Games                Lost: 58 Games

Also competed in 2 doubles events (1 title)


A regular in her nation’s Fed Cup squad since 2014, Victoria Rodriguez saw out her 2016 season in the South American country of Bolivia.

The 21-year-old Mexican was top seed in singles and in one doubles event at the two tournaments she competed in during the first half of the month.

Starting in La Paz, Rodriguez had a fairly comfortable journey to the singles final, dropping just one set en-route, the opener of her quarterfinal victory, where she faced her doubles partner of the two weeks Victoria Bosio.

Two days prior to this encounter, Rodriguez and Bosio, teaming up for the first time, took the doubles title to mark a successful partnership debut.

As well as being doubles partners, the players were also the top two singles seeds and in two contrasting sets it was Rodriguez who triumphed, winning 61 76(5), for her first singles title since August 2015.

Moving onto Santa Cruz for her final tournament before the New Year, Rodriguez again partnered with Bosio but the duo were unable to replicate their success in La Paz and had to settle for a runners-up finish.

The singles event however was to ensure Rodriguez’s year was to end on a positive note. As in La Paz, the Mexican moved through the rounds to reach the final losing just the one set, again in a quarterfinal clash.

Having waited sixteen months since her last singles title win, a second title in as many weeks was secured with a 64 63 defeat of the second seed Fernanda Brito to bring 2016 to a winning end.