Following their earlier meeting at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, former world No. 1 Venus Williams and Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro will meet once again, this time in the quarter-final round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. This is the fourth time these two competitors will meet in the professional tour with the Suarez Navarro vs Williams Head-to-Head standing at 2-1.
Following up on an upset-filled Thursday afternoon in both Toronto and Montreal, Carla Suarez-Navarro toppled Russian superstar Maria Sharapova 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the quarter-final round of the Rogers Cup.
It was a match plagued with rain delays but that did not stop the Spaniard from taking command of the first and third sets to secure the victory in 2 hours and 21 minutes. While Carla’s numbers were not exceptional, it was Sharapova’s surprising umber of unforced errors (49) that made the crucial difference in the match.
“It was a tough match,” said Sharapova. “I thought my opponent played a really good match. I couldn’t find my rhythm from the beginning of the match. Always had my back against the wall throughout the whole match. Always came back from behind.
“Even though I felt like I started feeling a little bit better, it wasn’t enough in the end.”
Apart from picking up her third Top 10 victory of the season, Suarez-Navarro is three matches away from taking the lead in the most match wins on the WTA tour this season. Ivanovic leads with 42 wins but has already exited the tournament, leaving the Spaniard within two matches of tying the score.
Venus Williams also needed three sets to secure her spot in the quarter-final round of the Rogers Cup and she did do with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Williams won 65% of her first service point and saved 15 out of 20 to close out the victory in 2 hours and 25 minutes.
This is the fourth time these two competitors will meet in the professional tour with Carla leading the head-to-head series 2-1. Williams’ only victory over her Spanish opponent was during the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.
Prediction: Carla Suarez-Navarro in Three Sets