Going up against a lefty for the second straight round after beating Ekaterina Makarova in her opener, World No.16 Suárez Navarro was looking for her 10th win against a Top 10 opponent. The fourth-seeded Kerber was aiming for another deep run here, having been a quarterfinalist in 2012 and a semifinalist in 2013. She was also looking to continue her good form from last weekend, when she won two singles matches to help lift Germany over Australia in Fed Cup World Group semifinal play. Finally, she sought her third straight victory over the Spaniard, though this was their first match-up on clay.
The Turning Point
At 5-5 in the first set, Suárez Navarro won five of the next six games to seal the first set and take control of the second. Kerber did break Suárez Navarro to get back on serve at 5-4 in the second set but the Spaniard promptly broke back at love to clinch the 75 64 triumph.
By The Numbers
While Kerber actually had more break opportunities than her opponent, she converted on a much smaller percentage. She was three of 12 compared to five of nine for Suárez Navarro.
"I played a good match," Suárez Navarro said. "She's a good player. She fights for every ball. I had to be focused on every point and had to be solid. That's the most important thing against Top 10 players."