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Carla Suárez Navarro
Suárez Navarro 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  Spain
Residence Barcelona, Spain
Date of birth September 3, 1988 (1988-09-03) (age 21)
Place of birth Las Palmas de
Gran Canaria,
Spain
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 62 kg (140 lb; 9.8 st)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right;
one-handed backhand
Career prize money $823,005
Singles
Career record 177–109
Career titles 0 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 22 (May 18, 2009)
Current ranking No. 42 (March 8, 2010)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open QF (2009)
French Open QF (2008)
Wimbledon 3R (2009)
US Open 2R (2009)
Doubles
Career record 56–60
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 118 (November 02, 2008)
Australian Open 1R (2009)
French Open 1R (2009)
Wimbledon 2R (2009)
US Open 2R (2009)
Last updated on: October 19, 2009.

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 May 18, 2009, she reached her career high ranking at World No. 22. As of March 8, 2010, she is ranked World No. 42.

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Career

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2008

At the French Open, Suárez Navarro reached the singles quarterfinals in 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.

2009

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.

In March, Suárez Navarro reached her first final on the WTA Tour at the Andalucia Tennis Experience, a clay court event in Marbella, Spain. She lost to Jelena Jankovic in the final 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

At Roland Garros seeded 22, she defeated Edina Gallovits 6-1 6-4 and Lucie Hradecka 6-2 6-4 before losing to Victoria Azarenka in the third round 7-5, 5-7, 2-6.

At Wimbledon, Suarez 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.

2010

Carla 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 Peer 6-4, 6-7(4), 5-7.

At the 2010 Australian Open, Suarez Navarro made it to the third round before losing to top seed, the defending (and eventual) champion Serena Williams, 0-6, 3-6.

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, Suarez Navarro reached the fourth round. In the first round she defeated Alize Cornet 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. 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 then went on to defeat No.27 seed Agnes Szavay in the third round, again dropping the second set, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 She will face No.23 seed Alisa Kleybanova in the fourth round.

Playing style

Suárez Navarro's game is that of an offensive baseliner. She has good defensive skills and uses an extreme western grip. 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 shot."[1]

WTA Tour singles finals (1)

Runner-Ups (1)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (0) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (0) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (0) International (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. April 12, 2009 Marbella, Spain Clay Serbia Jelena Janković 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Australian Open - LQ QF 3R 0 / 2 6–2
French Open - QF 3R 0 / 2 6–2
Wimbledon - 2R 3R 0 / 2 3–2
U.S. Open LQ 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Grand Slam Win-Loss - 5-3 9-4 2-1 N/A 16-8

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References

  1. ^ Speaking on British Eurosport after Suarez Navarro's defeat of Garrigues in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open

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