Re: Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla, seeded 30th, is making a good run through the US Open draw again.
I went to her first week's matches and compared to previous years, she's quite a bit more aggressive and expressive (talking a lot to herself when she messes up). Her first two matches were on the smaller courts and then court #17, a smaller stadium. Hope she holds her nerves--I can definitely see her having a slow start on the big stage tonight against Sharapova. Last time they met (in Rome 2015) she played well but just completely ran out of gas ... hoping for a better result against a a post-meldonium Pova.
Her road so far:
R1: def. Nicole Gibbs 5-7 6-3 6-4
R2: def. Kristina Mladenovic 6–1 4–6 6–4
R3: def. Caroline Garcia  5–7 6–4 7-6(4)
R4: vs. Maria Sharapova