Suárez On Super Season, Serena & More
Published November 05, 2013 12:03
Carla Suárez Navarro had her best season yet on the WTA this year, which was highlighted by runner-up showings in Acapulco and Oeiras, a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open and a rise to a career-high No.14 on the rankings in September.
Suárez Navarro reflected on her success and touched on a variety of other subjects during a recent interview with the Mutua Madrid Open website. One of those was how the five-time WTA finalist can take the next step and capture her first WTA title.
"I've lacked a killer instinct in tournaments," Suárez Navarro said. "I have a good knowledge of the opponents I've faced in those finals and I know what things I need to improve on in order to win titles as soon as possible. Mentally, I've made big changes and hope that will help me pick up my first title."
"The US Open left me with a good taste in my mouth," Suárez Navarro said. "My first few matches were very intense, and that helped me clear my head before taking on Kerber. That was my most important match of the week and I was able to do enough to turn things around in the final set after having gone behind. That victory was a small step in the right direction for me. But I don't want to be content with just reaching the quarterfinals. I need to continue working hard to improve."
In that quarterfinal, which was played on her 25th birthday, Suárez Navarro went up against the unstoppable force known as Serena Williams and was unable to muster a game.
"Defeats like that always leave a bitter taste in your mouth," Suárez Navarro said. "The situation, my birthday, being on the largest court in the world. However, you learn from everything, and I should now be able to draw on that experience for a lot of things.
"Serena is the true No.1. I've always said that she's on a different level than the rest of the female players and she's definitely the toughest opponent I've ever faced."
"I think all of them are good players and each has her own unique playing style," Suárez Navarro said. "Hopefully they all hit form together and start fighting it out to be one of the world's best players."
Suárez Navarro said the improvement of her countrywomen and Conchita Martínez continuing to be captain spells good news for the future of Spain's Fed Cup team.
"Spain has a good mix of players, some with loads of experience, some hungry up-and-comers, and others who are turning into leaders for the team," Suárez Navarro said. "I think Conchita's arrival has been really good. She's really passionate about her work and is in constant communication with the team. We did great work this year so hopefully we can carry that over into next season."