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Cracking the top 10 a tough chore, Spain's Suarez Navarro says

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.

Tennis: Pavlyuchenkova wins first clay title

Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to win the Portugal Open and claim her first trophy on clay. The third-seeded champion, coached by former Swiss great Martina Hingis, earned the fifth title of her career while leaving her opponent winless from five finals. One of those was here a year ago, when Suarez Navarro was unable to close it out after winning the first set against Kaia Kanepi, an opponent she beat in the semi-finals this week.
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