Madrid, May 6 (EFE).- Spanish tennis star Carla Suarez Navarro, the world No. 23, said here Monday that she felt no pressure in living up to expectations that she crack the top 10.
"The competition to make it into the top 10 is brutal," the 24-year-old tennis player said.
Suarez Navarro defeated No. 9 seed Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on Monday to reach the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open for the second time in her career.
"When I was younger, I had a good run at Roland Garros (in 2008) and I guess I've been conditioned by that. People are constantly expecting something like that. But that does not have to be extra pressure and people have to be aware of the equality there is" on the tour, Suarez Navarro, a finalist at Estoril, said.
Suarez Navarro made the quarters at the French Open five years ago, surprising the tennis world.
"This season is turning out good, but it's very long. The important thing is to stay on track and, little by little, do the best possible at the tournamnets that are coming up," Suarez Navarro said.
The Spanish player's next opponent will be Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.