Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla in-action at the 2011 US Open
September 3, 1988 |
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 6 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (September 16, 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 14 (September 16, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2009)|
|French Open||QF (2008)|
|US Open||QF (2013)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 4 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 72 (May 13, 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 76 (June 24, 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2013)|
|French Open||1R (2009)|
|US Open||2R (2009, 2012)|
|Last updated on: June 24, 2013.|
Carla Suárez Navarro (born September 3, 1988 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) is a Spanish tennis player. She began playing for Spain in the 2008 Fed Cup. On September 16, 2013, she reached her career high ranking at World No. 14.
Suárez Navarro first came to prominence by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2008 French Open as a qualifier, in what was her first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament and only her third appearance in the main draw of a WTA Tour tournament. She also reached the quarter-finals of the 2009 Australian Open, defeating Venus Williams en route, and at the 2013 US Open, where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams without winning a single game.
At the French Open, Suárez Navarro reached the quarter-finals of her first Grand Slam main draw tournament. After she won three qualifying matches, she defeated former World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo of France in the second round 6–3, 6–4, Australian Casey Dellacqua in the third round, and 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round 6–3, 6–2. Suárez Navarro then lost to third-seeded Jelena Janković in the quarterfinals 6–3, 6–2. At Wimbledon, Suárez Navarro lost to second-seeded Janković in the second round 6–1, 6–3.
Suárez Navarro reached the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career at the 2009 Australian Open before being defeated by Elena Dementieva 6–2, 6–2. She upset Venus Williams in the second round 2–6, 6–3, 7–5. This was her first win over a top 10 player.
At Wimbledon, Suárez Navarro defeated #25 Kaia Kanepi in the first round and Ekaterina Makarova in the second round. She faced defending champion Venus Williams for the first time since the 2009 Australian Open but was unable to repeat the upset win, losing 0–6, 4–6.
Suárez Navarro had a good start to 2010, making the second round of the 2010 ASB Classic in Auckland before losing to top seed Flavia Pennetta in straight sets. She then made the quarter-final of the 2010 Moorilla Hobart International before losing to No.2 seed Shahar Pe'er 6–4, 6–7, 5–7.
She was upset in the first round of the 2010 Copa BBVA-Colsanitas by World No.198 Kristina Antoniychuk 1–6, 4–6, then made it to the semi-finals of the 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco before losing to Polona Hercog 3–6, 5–7.
Unseeded at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, Suárez Navarro reached the fourth round, losing to Alisa Kleybanova 6–2, 6–7, 4–6. Along the way, she gained one of the biggest wins of her career by defeating World No.3 and top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 4–6, 6–1 in the second round.
She reached the final of the Andalucia Tennis Experience in Marbella for the second year in a row, losing to Flavia Pennetta 2–6, 6–4, 3–6.
Suarez Navarro suffered an ankle injury at the tournament in Fes, Morocco. She returned to play in the 2010 French Open, losing her first-round match to Olga Govortsova 6–7, 1–6, she remained sidelined until the 2010 US Open.
Going into the Australian Open, she defeated American Christina McHale by 4–6, 6–3, 6–4; but lost to eventual titlist Kim Clijsters of Belgium in the following round. Next she represented Spain at the Fed Cup against Estonia in Tallinn, where she had a 1–1 record; getting past Anett Kontaveit but falling to Kaia Kanepi.
Then, Suárez followed an early loss in Paris with a semifinal and a quarterfinal, in Bogota and Acapulco, respectively. An elbow injury caused her to stop playing for two and a half months and withdraw from Roland Garros.
She returned to the competition at the 2011 Open GDF Suez de Marseille, where she beat Sun Shengnan and Aleksandra Wozniak to make the quarterfinals, but was beaten by homecrowd favourite Pauline Parmentier.
She failed to qualify for Wimbledon, losing to Ekaterina Ivanova in round two.
In early September, Suárez reached round four of the US Open for the first time, defeating Mathilde Johansson, Simona Halep and compatriot Silvia Soler Espinosa. However, her run was ended by Andrea Petkovic.
Carla Suarez Navarro was impressive in the 2012 French Open, reaching the third round. In the first round, Suarez Navarro comfortably beat Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6–0, 6–2. She progressed to the second round, where she faced Sesil Karatantcheva, of Kazakhstan and beat her 4–6, 6–4, 6–1. She made it to the third round, where she lost to Yaroslava Shvedova, also of Kazakhstan 6–4, 7–5, who had just returned from an injury.
At Wimbledon 2012 Carla Suarez Navarro only made it to the first round, but it was against fifth seed Samantha Stosur of Australia. She was well beaten losing 6–1, 6–3, which saw her make an early exit out of Wimbledon 2012.
At Italiacom Open, she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Laura Robson 4–6 6–2 3–6.
Unlike most female professional tennis players, she has a single-handed backhand. Suárez Navarro has said in interviews that her favorite shot is her cross-court backhand and that her favorite surfaces are clay and hard. Frew McMillan has said, "There's something of Justine Henin about her game. She has a great variety of shots."
WTA career finals
Singles: 5 (5 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||April 12, 2009||Andalucia Tennis Experience, Marbella, Spain||Clay||Jelena Janković||3–6, 6–3, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||April 11, 2010||Andalucia Tennis Experience, Marbella, Spain||Clay||Flavia Pennetta||2–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||May 5, 2012||Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Kaia Kanepi||6–3, 6–7(6–8),4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||March 2, 2013||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Sara Errani||0–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||5.||May 4, 2013||Portugal Open, Oeiras, Portugal||Clay||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||5–7, 2–6|
Grand Slam Singles performance timeline
Grand Slam Doubles performance timeline
- Carla Suárez-Navarro at the Women's Tennis Association
- Carla Suárez Navarro at the International Tennis Federation
- "Laura Robson into semi-finals after win at Italiacom Open". Retrieved 2012-07-14.
- "One-handed backhand now a rarity in post-Henin era". USA Today. June 24, 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
- Speaking on British Eurosport after Suárez Navarro's defeat of Garrigues in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open