(Belga) Carla Suarez Navarro played her last game on Monday at the US Open, where she received a standing ovation from the audience at Court 5. The 32-year-old Spanish player was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by American Danielle Collins (WTA 29) in the 1st round of the women’s singles of the last Grand Slam round of the 2021 season.

Former world No. 6, Carla Suarez Navarro, now 335th in the WTA rankings, forfeited the 2020 US Open, announcing that she was suffering from Hodgkin lymphoma which required six months of chemotherapy. While she had planned to end her career at the end of the 2020 season, Carla Suarez Navarro had resumed competition this year at Roland Garros, wishing to play the Grand Slam tournaments one last time. “No way to say goodbye from a hospital room. I want to end on a tennis court, racket in hand,” she said in an interview with L’Equipe last June. After saying goodbye to Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Carla Suarez Navarro took part in the Tokyo Olympic Games, where she was eliminated in the second round by Karolina Pliskova. Associated with Garbine Mugurza in doubles, she was also eliminated in the 2nd round of the Games, having taken out Elise Mertens and Alison Van Uytvanck in the 1st round. Professional since 2003, Carla Suarez Navarro has won two WTA singles titles (Oreias 2014 and Doha 2016) and three doubles during her career. The native of Las Palmas reached 6th place in the world in 2016, she who reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam on seven occasions. (Belga)

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