Carla Suárez Navarro made a name for herself as a giant killer ever since she made it unto the scene in the late 2000s. The 5 feet 4 inches tall Spaniard has since that time gone ahead to win two WTA singles titles and three doubles titles, reaching a career-high rank of world number 6 along the way. Her success has surely been a speck of interest to her teeming fans and tennis lovers at large, here’s how it all began.
Early Life and Career
Carla Suarez Navarro was born in the Canary Islands capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the 3rd of September 1988. As the daughter of former handball player, her father José Luís, and her mother Lali; a former gymnast, Suarez Navarro was blessed with an abundance of athletic genes. From around the age of nine, she began playing tennis but it was at around 17 that she began to take the sport seriously and actively worked to make a career out of it.
In 2007, her parents were able to get in touch with the Spanish Federation who moved her to Barcelona to train at the renowned Pro-Ab Team Tennis Academy. Suarez Navarro subsequently made her first Grand Slam tournament appearance in the following year at the 2008 French Open where she was able to reach the quarterfinals, beating highly ranked players along the way, including the then former world number 1, Amelie Mauresmo, before falling to Jelena Jankovic.
At the 2009 Australian Open, Carla Suárez Navarro again made sure that her presence was felt by the supposed top players as she reached another Grand Slam quarterfinal, notably upsetting Venus Williams, a top 10 ranked player, along the way. In 2010, Suarez Navarro again pulled off yet another huge upset as she defeated world No.3 player, Svetlana Kuznetsova, who was the top seed at the BNP Paribas Open.
Between 2010 and 2015, despite all the hype that she had built around her career as the next big thing in professional women’s tennis, Suarez Navarro was quite unable to win a Grand Slam tournament, or even make a semifinal appearance in the singles category. Her notable achievements in that time were a semi-final appearance at the 2014 French Open doubles event and a finals appearance at the Miami Open where she was defeated by Serena Williams. A good run of performances that year, however, saw her enter the top ten of the world rankings. In 2016, she attained a career-high ranking of world number 6 as she won her biggest title ever, the Qatar Total Open.
Is She Married or Does She Have a Boyfriend?
There are no indications suggesting that Carla Suárez Navarro is or has ever been married. There are also no indications to suggest that she has ever been in a relationship with a man close enough to her heart that she displayed him to the world as her boyfriend.
Due to this absence of a substantial dating history with a member of the opposite sex, Suarez Navarro, who is famed for her single-handed backhand, has rather been strongly linked to having intimate relations with other women.
Is Carla Suárez Navarro Gay, Lesbian?
For a while now, Carla Suárez Navarro has been strongly rumored to be a lesbian. It has in fact been said that she is among a huge number of female tennis players that are gay, although most of them are not quite ready to embrace their sexuality since they have not made it known to the public. One of the most notable persons to make this damning allegation is retired Russian tennis player, Ekaterina Bychkova, who claims that about 1 in 10 female players on the WTA circuit are lesbian.
In a 2017 interview with Eurosport, Bychkova said she knew about 40 players who were lesbians before going on to mention names like Rennae Stubbs, Lisa Raymond, Eleni Daniilidou, Francesca Schiavone, Casey Dellacqua, and then Suarez Navarro.
Despite all the rumors surrounding Navarro’s sexual orientation, and the subsequent “coming out” of some of the other players listed above, Carla Suárez Navarro has kept mum on the issue, leaving her fans and the general public to make up their own stories.
In recent times, height has come to play a significant role in women’s tennis as the taller players tend to win and perform better than their shorter colleagues, thanks to the advantage their heights give them. With that being said, Carla Suárez Navarro who has a height of 1.62 m or 5 feet 4 inches, will need to up her game extensively in order to become a winner against such opposition.