by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
They beat the host nation’s Judith Morales and Paulina Vega (11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7) to secure the top step of the podium in some style, having at the semi-final stage endured testing times against the Colombian partnership of Paula Medina and Maria Perdomo (11-2, 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7).
“We have never we played together before; the semi-final against Paula Medina and Maria Perdomo was the hardest, it was very close. I am really pleased to have won.” Ana Codina
Notably it was the first time that a Chilean partnership had reached an ITTF Challenge Series or ITTF World Tour Women’s Doubles final; for Argentina it was the third occasion but the first time to emerge victorious.
Furthermore, all three occasion have involved Ana Codina.
On the ITTF World Tour in 2015 in Buenos Aires and in Santiago, Ana Codina in partnership with Camila Arguelles reached the final. In Buenos Aires, on home soil they experienced defeat at the hands of Brazil’s Leticia Nakada and Bruna Takahashi; in Santiago title hopes had been doused by Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun.
“I think this is the first time for Argentina to win a Women’s Doubles final; I think we made a new history in this kind of event.” Candela Molero
Twice the runner up; at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open it was one step higher, the top prize for Argentina, the top prize for Ana Codina and Candela Molero.