Suárez Navarro Storms Through Opener

Carla Suárez Navarro made a winning start to her Portugal Open campaign on Tuesday. This is her third time as the No.1 seed at a WTA event - where were the first two?

Published April 29, 2014 12:15


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OEIRAS, Portugal - Carla Suárez Navarro made a winning start to her Portugal Open campaign on Tuesday, cruising past Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva in straight sets in 58 minutes, 6-1, 6-2.

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Suárez Navarro, the No.1 seed at the International-level event, won 10 of 11 games right out of the gates to go up 6-1, 4-0, and the two kept holding serve from there until she closed the match out.

"She played a few matches before in the qualifying and it was my first match of the week, so for me this was a very good match," Suárez Navarro said. "I was focused on every point and played very well."

This is Suárez Navarro's third time being the No.1 seed at a WTA-level event, her first two coming at Fès in 2010 (where she fell second round) and at Florianopolis this year (making the semifinals).

"It's not normal for me to be the No.1 seed, but I'm treating it the same," the Spaniard said. "I just have to keep doing my best in every match because all the players are really good. It's not easy."

Next up for Suárez Navarro is Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who battled two and a half hours to get by Romina Oprandi, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Oprandi had just made her first WTA final last week in Marrakech.

"We played in Fed Cup in February and it was a really difficult match," Suárez Navarro said. "I need to play well and fight for every ball because she's such a good player. We'll see what happens tomorrow."

Suárez Navarro leads Zahlavova Strycova in their head-to-head series, 4-1.

Almost all of the other seeds in action also advanced, namely No.2 seed Eugenie Bouchard, No.4 seed Roberta Vinci, No.5 seed Kaia Kanepi, No.7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and No.8 seed Elena Vesnina.

There was one upset though, with Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky taking out No.3 seed Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 6-0. From 5-4 first set Bacsinszky won seven games in a row, losing just seven points.

Bacsinszky's win over the World No.19 was her eighth Top 20 win, after Francesca Schiavone, Anastasia Myskina, Daniela Hantuchova, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Yanina Wickmayer (twice).

Wrapping up the first round winners were Polona Hercog, Romanian qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu and María-Teresa Torró-Flor, who is just coming off the first WTA title of her career over in Marrakech.

Read more about Bouchard's win over Alisa Kleybanova from earlier in the day by clicking here.

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