Suárez Navarro makes SF over injured Petra

Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open on Thursday after No.3 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic retired due to a left shoulder injury. The final score was 6-3, ret. in favor of Suárez Navarro.

The Spaniard only needed one break of serve to close out the opening set, before three-time Connecticut Open champion Kvitova took a medical timeout and determined she was unable to continue, after 43 minutes of play. Suárez Navarro has now leveled their head-to-head record at six wins apiece.

Kvitova had 12 winners to Suárez Navarro’s four, but the Czech also had 13 unforced errors, outpacing the Spaniard’s eight. Kvitova could only get to break point once in the meeting, which she was unable to convert.

“I just felt pain throughout the shoulder,” said Petra. “Already, yesterday during the match, I started to feel it, and it didn’t get any better. I tried the first set, I tried to play, but overall, it wasn’t really going my way.” 

“I couldn’t really serve as good as I wanted, the service speed wasn’t that high,” Kvitova continued. “I just tried, but when you’re playing someone like Carla, it’s just tough to play at I-don’t-know-how-many percent. If you’re not ready, it’s just tough.”