'Emotional' Carla Suarez Navarro thrilled to lead Spain to win ahead of retirement



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'Emotional' Carla Suarez Navarro thrilled to lead Spain to win ahead of retirement

Former world No. 6 Carla Suarez Navarro was glad that she managed to help Spain win their opening tie at the Billie Jean King Cup. After losing to Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets in the singles rubber, Suarez Navarro returned to the court as the teamed up with Sara Sorribes Tormo to beat Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova and Tereza Mihalikova 4-6 6-2 10-7 in the deciding rubber.

“I am so happy,” said Suarez Navarro, per the Billie Jean King Cup website. “I lost the singles, but this tie is not only one match. I started again from zero in the doubles. It was really tough, and I had help from Sara and, in the end, we won a very difficult tie, and this is so important in this new event.

“It is always emotional putting on the Spanish shirt, especially knowing it might be one of the last times I do before I retire. It is one of the best things in our sport to play for your country. I will fight until the end”.

Suarez Navarro admitted she was very emotional

“I am very, very happy and it has been an amazing day for me and for us all,” she said. “There are a lot of emotions, but I am just very happy with the way I played and managed my emotions.

I am also very happy with the way we won”. After the win, Spain Billie Jean King Cup captain Anabel Medina Garrigues praised Suarez Navarro and Sorribes Tormo. “I am super happy for all the team but especially Sara and Carla as they made a big effort.

Carla, because we know her situation now, she is almost finishing her career. She obviously has a lot of energy in the competition but she is making her comedown. “And Sara because she made big efforts today. She had a very big match, three sets, and she was amazing. The level of doubles from both was unbelievable”.