“Extra Special”- Carla Suarez Navarro Recalls Playing Against Venus and Serena Williams at Wimbledon Championships

Published 06/30/2021, 6:32 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro waves to spectators after losing her first round match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Former World No. 6, Carla Suarez Navarro, has decided to call it quits, drawing the curtain on her 13-year- long, glorious career. Carla stepped onto the court one final time at the Wimbledon Championship 2021. Ahead of her farewell tournament, the 32-year-old recalled her days playing on the grass, particularly against the William Sister’s.

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Good old days

Reflecting upon her journey so far, Carla took a trip down memory lane, remembering some of her iconic moments on the court. “I’ve played a lot of matches here. My last match against Serena (6-2, 6-2 defeat in the 2019 fourth round), I loved playing the Olympics here in 2012″, said the Spaniard.

Handing out special mentions to fellow tennis peers, Serena and Venus, she said, “I remember facing Venus one year too (2016 fourth round, with a 7-6(3), 6-4 defeat). Either Williams, here, is extra special. I think I’ll choose both of them”

Dynamic Duo

The William Sister’s will be seen competing at the Wimbledon Championship 2021, with both having their eye’s on the prize. However, a little before starting her Campaign, Serena Williams stunned fans with the shocking announcement of her withdrawal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While her reason for pulling out of the event remains uncertain, the 39-year-old American said, “There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic decision. I don’t really want to – I don’t feel like going into them today. Maybe another day. Sorry”.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 27, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele
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Final preparations

Venus Williams on the other hand, kickstarted her Journey with a record 90th Win, beating Romanian International, Mihaela Buzărnescu. The 41-year-old looked solid, fresh and ended the match with an impeccable scoreline, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. Even though the game was equally balanced, the American got the better of her Counterpart on several occasions.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Toby Melville

Coming on the back of first and second-round eliminations in her last 8 major tournaments, this win was surely the boost she needed. Progressing into the tournament, she will look to maintain this form and hopefully win her first title in what seems like, forever.

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