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Carla Suárez Navarro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkarla ˈswaɾeθ naˈβaro]; born September 3, 1988 in Las Palmas
Las Palmas
de Gran Canaria) is a Spanish professional tennis player. She began playing for Spain
Spain
in the 2008 Fed Cup. On February 29, 2016, she reached her career high ranking of world No. 6. Suárez Navarro first came to prominence by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2008 French Open
French Open
as a qualifier, in what was her first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. She also reached the quarter-finals of the 2009 Australian Open, defeating Venus Williams
Venus Williams
en route, the 2013 US Open, where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams, the 2014 French Open, where she lost in three sets to Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
and the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska.

Contents

1 Early and personal life 2 Career

2.1 2008–2009 2.2 2010 2.3 2011 2.4 2012 2.5 2015: Top 10 WTA Ranking 2.6 2016: First Premier 5 title

3 Playing style 4 Apparel and equipment 5 Career statistics

5.1 Grand Slam singles performance timeline 5.2 Grand Slam doubles performance timeline

6 References 7 External links

Early and personal life[edit] Suárez Navarro was born in Las Palmas
Las Palmas
to a handball player, José Luís, and a former gymnast, Lali. She started playing tennis when she was nine and moved to Barcelona
Barcelona
in 2007 in order to train at the Pro-Ab Team Tennis
Tennis
Academy. She admires Steffi Graf, Lleyton Hewitt, Justine Henin
Justine Henin
and Michael Jordan. Career[edit] 2008–2009[edit]

Suárez playing at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships

At the French Open, Suárez Navarro reached the quarterfinals of her first Grand Slam main draw tournament. After she won three qualifying matches, she defeated former world No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo
Amélie Mauresmo
of France in the second round 6–3, 6–4, Australian Casey Dellacqua
Casey Dellacqua
in the third round, and 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta
in the fourth round 6–3, 6–2. Suárez Navarro then lost to third-seeded Jelena Janković in the quarterfinals 3–6, 2–6. At Wimbledon, she lost to second-seeded Janković in the second round 1–6, 3–6. Suárez Navarro reached the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career at the 2009 Australian Open
Australian Open
before being defeated by Elena Dementieva 6–2, 6–2. She upset Venus Williams
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
WTA Tour
at the Andalucia Tennis
Tennis
Experience, a clay court event in Marbella, Spain. She lost to Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
in the final 3–6, 6–3, 3–6. At Roland Garros seeded 22, she defeated Edina Gallovits
Edina Gallovits
6–1, 6–4 and Lucie Hradecká
Lucie Hradecká
6–2, 6–4, before losing to Victoria Azarenka in the third round 7–5, 5–7, 2–6. At Wimbledon, Suárez Navarro defeated No. 25 Kaia Kanepi
Kaia Kanepi
in the first round and Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
in the second. She faced defending champion Venus Williams
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[edit] Suárez Navarro had a good start to 2010, making the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland before losing to top seed Flavia Pennetta in straight sets. She then made the quarter-final of the Hobart International before losing to No. 2 seed Shahar Pe'er
Shahar Pe'er
6–4, 6–7, 5–7. At the Australian Open, Suárez 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 Copa BBVA-Colsanitas by world No. 198 Kristina Antoniychuk 1–6, 4–6, then made it to the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco before losing to Polona Hercog
Polona Hercog
3–6, 5–7. Unseeded at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, Suárez Navarro reached the fourth round, losing to Alisa Kleybanova
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
Svetlana Kuznetsova
6–4, 4–6, 6–1 in the second round. She reached the final of the Andalucia Tennis
Tennis
Experience in Marbella for the second year in a row, losing to Flavia Pennetta
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 French Open, losing her first-round match to Olga Govortsova
Olga Govortsova
6–7, 1–6, she remained sidelined until the US Open. 2011[edit] Carla began the season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. As the 9th seed, she was upset in round two by Heather Watson. She also lost early in Hobart to Alberta Brianti. Going into the Australian Open, she defeated American Christina McHale by 4–6, 6–3, 6–4; but lost to eventual titlist Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters
of Belgium in the following round. Next she represented Spain
Spain
at the Fed Cup against Estonia in Tallinn, where she had a 1–1 record; getting past Anett Kontaveit
Anett Kontaveit
but falling to Kaia Kanepi. Then, Suárez followed an early loss in Paris with a semifinal and a quarterfinal, in Bogotá 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 Open GDF Suez de Marseille, where she beat Sun Shengnan and Aleksandra Wozniak
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
Simona Halep
and compatriot Silvia Soler Espinosa. However, her run was ended by Andrea Petkovic. 2012[edit] Carla Suárez Navarro was impressive in the French Open, reaching the third round. In the first round, Suarez Navarro comfortably beat Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6–0, 6–2. In the second round she faced Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan, and beat her 4–6, 6–4, 6–1. In the third round she lost to Yaroslava Shvedova, also from Kazakhstan, 6–4, 7–5, who had just returned from an injury. At Wimbledon Carla Suárez Navarro only made it to the first round, but it was against fifth seed Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
of Australia. She was well beaten, losing 1–6, 3–6. At Italiacom Open, she reached the quarterfinals, losing to Laura Robson 4–6, 6–2, 3–6.[2] In the London Olympics, she beat Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur
in a thrilling first round match, 3–6, 7–5, 10–8,[3] avenging her first round defeat to the Australian at Wimbledon the previous month. 2015: Top 10 WTA Ranking[edit] At the 2015 Australian Open
Australian Open
she lost in the first round to Carina Witthöft in straight sets. At the BNP Paribas Open she reached the Quarter Finals before losing to Simona Halep
Simona Halep
in three sets. Her good form on the American Hardcourts continued with a run to her first Premier Mandatory final at the Miami Open. She defeated Agnieszka Radwańska, Venus Williams
Venus Williams
and Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
before losing, 2-6, 0-6, in the final to Serena Williams. Despite this defeat she entered the top ten of the world rankings for the first time in her career. Another good run at the Mutua Madrid Open resulted in a quarter final defeat to Williams, again in straight sets. In Rome at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia she reached her first final at Premier 5 level. She recorded three victories over top ten players at the same event for the first time, with victories over Eugenie Bouchard, Petra Kvitová and Simona Halep
Simona Halep
before losing to Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
in three sets. At the French Open
French Open
she was seeded eighth. She lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the first round of Wimbledon that year, and her results for the rest of the year were inauspicious apart from reaching the quarterfinals in Moscow in October and a crushing 6-0 6-0 victory over an injured Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
at Zhuhai in November. Carla ended the year ranked 13th. 2016: First Premier 5 title[edit] Suárez Navarro made a good start to the year. She reached the semifinals at Brisbane, losing to Angelique Kerber, and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, losing to Agnieszka Radwańska. As a result, she moved back up to world No. 8 on February 1. She then defeated Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković
in Spain's Fed Cup
Fed Cup
tie against Serbia. At the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships, she received a first round bye but fell to eventual semifinalist Caroline Garcia. Her next tournament was the Qatar Open where she also received a first round bye and defeated Donna Vekić, Timea Bacsinszky, Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
and Agnieszka Radwańska en route to the final, ensuring a new career-high ranking of world No. 6. She then avenged her first round loss to Jelena Ostapenko
Jelena Ostapenko
in the previous year's Wimbledon with a three set win over Ostapenko, earning her first Premier title and her biggest title to date. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she reached the third round, beating Ana Ivanovic and Ana Konjuh.[4] Playing style[edit] Suárez Navarro uses a single-handed backhand, unlike most female players of her era.[5] She has said in interviews that her favorite shot is her cross-court backhand and that her favourite surfaces are clay and hard. Frew McMillan
Frew McMillan
has said, "There's something of Justine Henin about her game. She has a great variety of shots."[6] Apparel and equipment[edit] Suárez Navarro wears Lotto clothing and uses the Wilson Six. One racquet made by Wilson. Career statistics[edit] Main article: Carla Suárez Navarro career statistics Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Key

W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L Win %

Grand Slam Tournaments

Australian Open A Q2 QF 3R 2R 2R 3R 3R 1R QF 2R QF 0 / 10 21–10 68%

French Open A QF 3R 1R A 3R 4R QF 3R 4R 4R

0 / 9 23–9 72%

Wimbledon A 2R 3R A Q2 1R 4R 2R 1R 4R 2R

0 / 8 11–8 58%

US Open Q2 1R 2R 1R 4R 2R QF 3R 1R 4R 4R

0 / 10 17–10 63%

Win–Loss 0–0 5–3 9–4 2–3 4–2 4–4 12–4 9–4 2–4 13–4 8–4 4–1 0 / 37 72–37 66%

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %

Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R QF A 2R A 0 / 6 5–6 45%

French Open A 1R Absent 1R 1R SF 1R A 0 / 5 4–5 44%

Wimbledon 1R 2R Absent 2R 3R 3R 2R A 0 / 6 6–6 50%

US Open 1R 2R A 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R A 0 / 7 5–7 46%

Win–Loss 0–2 2–4 0–1 0–2 3–4 4–4 8–3 3–4 0–0 0 / 24 20–24 45%

References[edit]

^ "WTA Players : Carla Suarez Navarro". WTA. Retrieved February 27, 2016.  ^ "Laura Robson into semi-finals after win at Italiacom Open". Retrieved 2012-07-14.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-07-31.  ^ "2016 Olympic Tennis" (PDF). www.rio.itftennis.com. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.  ^ "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

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Women's Tennis
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Association: Top Spanish female singles tennis players as of 26 February 2018

1. Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
(3 ) 2. Carla Suárez Navarro (27 ) 3. Lara Arruabarrena
Lara Arruabarrena
(78 4) 4. Sara Sorribes Tormo
Sara Sorribes Tormo
(106 2) 5. Georgina García Pérez (154 4)

6. Paula Badosa Gibert
Paula Badosa Gibert
(206 2) 7. Sílvia Soler Espinosa
Sílvia Soler Espinosa
(208 12) 8. María Teresa Torró Flor
María Teresa Torró Flor
(229 4) 9. Olga Sáez Larra (235 2) 10. Estrella Cabe

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