Carla Suárez has come to the end of the road in this year’s Mutua Madrid Open. The Canary Islander played well but was unable to get through the quarter-finals, something she has never achieved in Madrid. However, she improved on last year’s performance, when she bowed out in the third round.
No defeat is easy to take and even less so when you are playing in front of your own fans, who support you and cheer you on unconditionally: “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth, I wanted to win this match, to be in the semis and play at home one more day, that makes you happy and it is a high, but it wasn’t to be”.
The Spaniard was playing Caroline García in the match that opened the day’s play on the Manolo Santana centre court. The French player, who has been imperious throughout the tournament, gave nothing away to a Carla who could do nothing but watch as the semi-finals slipped through her grasp. In one hour and 17 minutes she lost the match 6-2, 6-3.
“I tried to come back, if you want to win the match you have no choice but to try and turn it around”, said the player who had already come from behind twice in this edition of the event. But this time she was unable overcome the superiority of García: “She made me very uncomfortable, I was barely able to touch her in the second set, it seemed like maybe it would be different but it was very tough and difficult and it wasn’t to be”.
Now is the time to turn the page and make preparations for the upcoming tournaments. Despite defeat, she is looking to the future and ended with a message: “Next year I’ll come back stronger”.