Suarez Navarro Returns to the French Open Quarterfinals for the First Time in Six Years

Carla Suarez Navarro is back in the last eight at Roland Garros for the first time in six years…

In her fourth round match up, the 25-year-old Spanish tennis player beat rising star Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, on Sunday to advance to the French Open quarterfinals.

Carla Suarez Navarro

Suarez Navarro, the tournament’s 14th seed, used her one-handed backhand to subdue the unseeded Tomljanovic, who had knocked out third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the previous round.

The Spaniard, currently ranked No. 15 in the world, had last reached the final eight at Roland Garros in her very first appearance in 2008.

She prevailed on her second match point when Tomljanovic netted a forehand.

She’ll next play Eugenie Bouchard, the 18th seed.

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