It was a great weekend to crown a good week for the Pella siblings, as both of them won the tournament in which they were entered.
Saturday, Catalina, 19, took the title at the $10,000 tournament of Villa Allende, Argentina, when she defeated Camila Silva of Chile, 3-6 7-5 7-6(4), in the final. This was Catalina’s second ITF career title, and she continues her successful comeback, she who came back in April after missing four months when she broke her arm last December at the Rosario tournament.
Since her comeback, Pella has reached two singles finals, both lost, until winning the title in Villa Allende yesterday. A fighter just like her older brother, Catalina never gave up and set back to work as soon as she came back, and continues showing why she is one of the promises of Argentina’s women’s tennis.
To cap her great week, Catalina, who is back at n° 408 in this week’s WTA rankings (not too far away from her career high of 350, which she reached in October of 2011), also won the doubles title, with Victoria Bosio, 7-6(6) 6-7(3) 10-7, over countrywomen Andrea Benitez and Luciana Sarmenti.
Today, Guido Pella added to the dream weekend of the family, as he convincingly won his third Challenger Tour event of the season, 6-4 6-0, over local Leonardo Kirche in Campiñas. Guido, 22, efficiently silenced a very hostile crowd, particularly in the second set, when he broke Kirche in a very long first game, which ended up being the downfall of the Brazilian.
Except for a little glitch in the first set, when he double faulted to hand the break back to his opponent, Guido gave an impressive display of tennis to leave Brazil with the title.
Guido, who impressed during the U.S. Open, qualifying for his first Grand Slam main draw and putting up a good fight against Nikolay Davydenko in the first round, remains undefeated in Challenger Tour finals this season, having won in Salinas at the beginning of March, and in Manta at the beginning of August.
With his win this week, Pella reaches a career high ranking of n° 121, only a step away from the top 100. At this rate, he can very well reach it before the end of this season, or very early in 2013. There is no doubt that this is only the beginning for Guido Pella.
In fact, there is no doubt that it is only the beginning for both Pella siblings. Congratulations to Catalina and Guido Pella!