Carla Suarez Navarro: Playing Ashleigh Barty at Wimbledon was so special



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Carla Suarez Navarro: Playing Ashleigh Barty at Wimbledon was so special

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro says she is happy with how her last season on the Tour has gone so far and she is looking forward to ending her career at the Billie Jean King Cup. "It is the final season that I wanted,” Suarez Navarro told the Billie Jean King Cup website.

“I have had a really good year, much better than I could have imagined. I have felt the love of the people in every tournament, on every centre court and from the other players also. “For me, it was so difficult at the beginning of this year and last year as I was fighting, but now I am feeling really good.

It has been a great goodbye to the year, to tournaments, to the calendar and to the fans. “I have really appreciated everything, and I am happy to be here for the last time. It is so special that after a lot of years the Billie Jean King Cup Finals is my last tournament.

“I am always proud to represent Spain. I will try to enjoy every day and all the times I am on court. I want to have fun with my team. The things you feel on court with your team behind you, when you represent your country, is always so special”.

Suarez Navarro was thrilled to play Ashleigh Barty

Suarez Navarro pushed eventual champion Barty into three sets in the Wimbledon first round. "There are so many special moments from 2021 but I really enjoyed that match,” she added.

“The atmosphere on Centre Court, against Ash Barty – the world No. 1, was so special for me. It was a lovely gift”. Suarez Navarro will never forget one match from the beginning of her career. “If I have to choose one, maybe I would choose Roland Garros in 2008,” she said.

“I navigated the qualifiers and in my first Roland Garros I played on Centre Court for the first time against Amelie Mauresmo, a local player. “The atmosphere was amazing. I made the quarter-finals and this Roland Garros was the first time that people started to know me and started to know how I play. It was one of the best moments”.