Suarez Navarro aggressive in win
Who is this Carla Suarez Navarro and how did she manage to beat Venus Williams?
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Who is this Carla Suarez Navarro and how did she manage to beat Venus Williams?
Those were the questions on everyone's mind as the two shook hands following Venus' shocking 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 defeat to the obscure young Spaniard.Anyone hoping to get some insight during the courtside interview was about to be disappointed. Suarez Navarro, who speaks very little English and isn't particularly eloquent even in her native Spanish, began with an earnest, "Thank you, thank you!" She was asked about playing in Rod Laver Arena and her feelings after the win. "It's a big court," she said. "Thank you very much. Today I'm very happy, and thank you very much." The interviewer decided to press on, asking what she had changed between the second and third sets, but by then it was clear to at least one spectator that Suarez Navarro could use a little help. "You won!" came the cry from the stands, and laughter rippled around the stadium.
Kamakshi Tandon is a freelance tennis writer for ESPN.com.
2009 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Women's singles: Serena Williams, United States
Rafael Nadal, Spain
Men's doubles: Bob and Mike Bryan, United States
Women's doubles: Serena and Venus Williams, United States
Mixed doubles: Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi, India
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