Ashleigh Barty: "Suarez Navarro is a fighter, beloved in the locker room"



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Ashleigh Barty: "Suarez Navarro is a fighter, beloved in the locker room"

Given the absence of Simona Halep, the task of inaugurating the Wimbledon 2021 day-2 program on Center Court falls to Ashleigh Barty. The world number one, who never passed the cut of the fourth round at the Championships, despite a hole in the heart of the second set manages to beat the inexhaustible, always incredible Carla Suarez Navarro, on the final lap on the lawns of Church Road.

In short, the Australian tennis player, who serves with poor results for the match at 6-1 5-4, needs the third set to seal the success at 6-1 6-7 (1) 6-1 and to hook up to the second round one between Anna Blinkova and Timea Babos.

After the match won by the Australian, in the press conference interview, Barty used feelings of affection and esteem for Carla. She said: "When we shook hands at the net I didn't really know what to do, how to behave.

I just wanted to hug her, congratulate her on her exceptional career.

Barty and Suarez Navarro's words

I had never had the opportunity to challenge her before, and I'm happy to have been able to appreciate. her game being on the other side of the field.

She deserves the utmost respect from everyone for what she has given to our sport and for how she managed to get out of the adversities that life has put before her. Carla is a fighter, a great player, well liked by everyone in the locker room.

I know she has a few more tournaments planned before closing, I can only wish her the best. " Suarez Navarro said: "Wimbledon gave me a nice gift, I couldn't have asked for anything better. After all I've been through, today I feel like the happiest player in the tournament.

they enjoyed it as much as I did. The audience was fantastic. My mother? It's the second or third time she's come to see me at Wimbledon, but every time it's the same: she takes pictures to show everyone! For her it was a great moment, she really wanted to be there on Central. I think she is really proud of me and I want to thank her for everything. "