Suárez Navarro Survives
Published October 18, 2010 12:00
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - A year after climbing as high as No.22 in the world, Carla Suárez Navarro is fighting to return to that form as she continues to recover from a right ankle injury that caused her to miss a big chunk of this season, including Wimbledon.
Suárez Navarro, whose 2009 included an upset of Venus Williams en route to a quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open and a run to the final in Marbella, took a step in the right direction on Monday, as she edged Kristina Barrois in the first round of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, 64 26 75. It was a struggle, though, with the Spaniard dropping three straight games after having a 5-2 lead in the third set, a set that also saw her lose three match points while up 5-4. However, Suárez Navarro, who also won her only previous meeting with Barrois earlier this year in Barcelona, took the final two games to secure the match, her first win in a main draw since Fés in April.
Also Monday, Angelique Kerber handled 15-year-old wildcard Yulia Putintseva, 63 61, and Anne Keothavong defeated wildcard Virginie Razzano, 61 64, her first win in three career encounters with the Frenchwoman.