Carla Suarez Navarro has been one of the most consistent players on the WTA in recent years. The 27-year-old was in great form during the tournament in Doha where she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska, Timea Bacsinszky, Donna Vekic, Elena Vesnina and Jelena Ostapenko on her way to winning the title.
Suarez Navarro On Being The New World Number Six
During her conversation with El Confidencial, Suarez Navarro was asked whether she had ever thought about becoming the world number six. The Spaniard responded by saying, "Yes, when you break top 10 you can look at numbers like six."
The 27-year-old then continued to talk about what she will need to do to break into the top five. Suarez Navarro admitted that becoming a top five player is "a little more complicated" than it was to reach number six. Suarez Navarro also mentioned that to be one of the top five players in the world, "You have to do well in the big tournaments." The Spaniard ended by saying she believes that she will have the opportunities to reach the top five.
The Spaniard Talks About The Upsets In Dubai
In the tournament in Dubai, all of the seeded players lost their first match. Suarez Navarro was questioned as to how something like that is possible. The Spaniard said, "There is much balance on the Tour, you've to take into account that some players have been on top for many years and it's not easy to keep this level."
As well as this, Suarez Navarro talked about the mental and physical demands saying, "The tour gets very old mentally. Physically it's demanding as well, it's normal that there are ups and downs." The 27-year-old then continuted to talk about how people should appreciate those who are able to stay at the top of the game as it is "not easy to remain with the competitiveness that it's currently on the tour."
Suarez Navarro's Goals For The Season
The new world number six was asked about what her goals are now she has won the biggest tournament in her career. Suarez Navarro started answering the question by talking about what her goals were before the season. The Spaniard told El Confidencial, "The beginning of the year I said that one of the goals was to try to end the season in the top 10." In addition, one of her other goals "was to win a title."
Suarez Navarro also added that she wanted to try and get further than the quater finals in a Grand Slam. She said, "Another goal was to do as best as possible and try to overcome the obstacle of the Grand Slam quarter finals."
The 27-year-old added that she knows what she needs to do to achieve these goals. Suarez Navarro told the interviewer ,"You make it with the daily work, with the effort every week and with the will you have to keep improving."
Grand Slam Chances
Suarez Navarro was asked about if she has the potential to win a Grand Slam, to which she responded, "You do not think about these things. You do not think about where you can arrive." The Spaniard did, however, admit that there will be chances for her and other players to win a Grand Slam. "Doors for a Grand Slam I think are open enough. In the last years there have been upsets," she said.
Carrying on from here, Suarez Navarro talked about the world number one Serena Willams. The 27-year-old said that when "Serena is at a good level or is motivated, she is better than the others." But when Serena is not at her best, she can be defeated. Suarez Navarro said, "We have seen that she is not invincible. Players believe more and doors, as I said, are open."