NDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Carla Suárez Navarro claimed her biggest win in almost two years to knock out No.4 seed Elina Svitolina and take her spot in the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open.
Suárez Navarro came into the match trying to snap a dismal 12-match losing streak against Top 10 opponents, a streak dating back to the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, her opponent Svitolina has already captured two titles so far this year, triumphing at Brisbane and Dubai.
But the Spaniard didn’t read the script, needing just over an hour and a half to edge past the World No.4, 7-5, 6-3.
“I’m really happy with the way I played,” Suárez Navarro said in her on-court interview. “It was a really tough match, a lot of intensity and long rallies. It was tough for me.
“I was really focused on my game, and I’m really happy.”
Suárez Navarro did well to keep Svitolina on the run and moving her around the court, grabbing the first break at 4-2 with a vicious forehand down the line. Svitolina kept targeting the Spaniard’s signature one-handed backhand, but Suárez Navarro had plenty of time to regularly run around it to whip a forehand.
The Ukrainian got them back on serve in the next game, staying toe to toe with Suárez Navarro as the set unfolded. But it was Suárez Navarro, who kept Svitolina under pressure, who grabbed the decisive break to avoid the tiebreaker and snatch the opening set.
In the second set Suárez Navarro needed one break point and one break of serve, turning around what would have been a 0-40 hold into the decisive break.
American wildcard Danielle Collins awaits Suárez Navarro in the next round. Collins knocked out Sofya Zhuk 6-4, 6-4 earlier in the day, continuing her impressive Indian Wells run.