It looks like Carla Suarez Navarro will be headed to Singapore after all. The all-Spanish team of Suarez Navarro and Garbine Muguruza will be playing doubles at the WTA Finals due to the withdrawal of Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova. The team was forced to withdraw due to Dellacqua’s concussion which forced her to withdraw from Hong Kong as well.
Suarez Navarro was eliminated from contention for Singapore because of her loss to Daria Kasatkina at the Kremlin Cup. That loss allowed Lucie Safarova to clinch the final spot in the singles field with Timea Bacsinszky and Venus Williams going as alternates. Muguruza will be one of two players to play singles and doubles along with Safarova who will be partnering with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Suarez Navarro And Muguruza’s Season Review
Suarez Navarro and Muguruza opened up their doubles season at the Australian Open, but it did not start out like they planned, losing in the second round. Following their early exit, the pair made the final in Dubai where they lost to fellow finalists Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos in straight sets. After disappointing showings in Indian Wells and Miami, the team made an impact in their home capital with their second finals appearance of the year in Madrid. The team lost to the team of Shvedova and Dellacqua in a third set super tiebreaker in the final.
The team finally lifted its first title on the grass in Birmingham. They defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4 in the final. The team failed to win more than one match in the final three Grand Slams but did their damage on the Asian swing. At the Toray Pan Pacific Open, the all-Spanish team defeated the Chan sisters in the final and would make the quarterfinals of Wuhan where they were defeated by Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu.
The pair joins Hlavackova and Hradecka as the second pair of alternates to be headed to Singapore. The all-Czech team are headed to Singapore as Ekaterina Makarova's leg injury as prevented her from playing with partner Elena Vesnina. The two new alternates are Alla Kudryatseva/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Strycova/Michaella Krajicek