Suárez Navarro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkarla ˈswaɾeθ
naˈβaro]; born September 3, 1988 in
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) is a
Spanish professional tennis player. She began playing for
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 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 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 and the quarterfinals of the 2016
Australian Open, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska.
1 Early and personal life
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
7 External links
Early and personal life
Suárez Navarro was born in
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 in 2007 in order to train at the
Tennis Academy. She admires Steffi Graf, Lleyton Hewitt,
Justine Henin and Michael Jordan.
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 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
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 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.
Suárez Navarro reached her first final on the
WTA Tour at
Tennis Experience, a clay court event in Marbella,
Spain. She lost to
Jelena Janković in the final 3–6, 6–3, 3–6.
At Roland Garros seeded 22, she defeated
Edina Gallovits 6–1, 6–4
Lucie Hradecká 6–2, 6–4, before losing to Victoria Azarenka
in the third round 7–5, 5–7, 2–6.
Suárez Navarro defeated No. 25
Kaia Kanepi in the first
Ekaterina Makarova in the second. She faced defending
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 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 6–4, 6–7,
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
Kristina Antoniychuk 1–6, 4–6, then made it to the
semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco before losing to
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 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,
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 6–7, 1–6, she remained
sidelined until the US Open.
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 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
Anett Kontaveit but falling to Kaia Kanepi.
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
She returned to the competition at the Open GDF Suez de Marseille,
where she beat
Sun Shengnan and
Aleksandra Wozniak to make the
quarterfinals, but was beaten by homecrowd favourite Pauline
She failed to qualify for Wimbledon, losing to Ekaterina Ivanova in
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.
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 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.
In the London Olympics, she beat
Samantha Stosur in a thrilling first
round match, 3–6, 7–5, 10–8, avenging her first round defeat
to the Australian at Wimbledon the previous month.
2015: Top 10 WTA Ranking
At the 2015
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 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
Venus Williams and
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
Simona Halep before losing to
Maria Sharapova in three
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
Andrea Petkovic at Zhuhai in November. Carla ended the year
2016: First Premier 5 title
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
Jelena Janković in Spain's
Fed Cup tie against Serbia.
At the Dubai
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 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 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.
Suárez Navarro uses a single-handed backhand, unlike most female
players of her era. 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 has said, "There's something of Justine
Henin about her game. She has a great variety of shots."
Apparel and equipment
Suárez Navarro wears Lotto clothing and uses the Wilson Six. One
racquet made by Wilson.
Main article: Carla
Suárez Navarro career statistics
Grand Slam singles performance timeline
(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
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^ "One-handed backhand now a rarity in post-Henin era". USA Today.
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^ Speaking on British Eurosport after
Suárez Navarro's defeat of
Garrigues in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open
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