A great Carla Suárez returns to Spain to the World Group

Carla Suárez won first Wickmayer (6-4, 0-6 and 6-4) and then the doubles with Muguruza (7-6 (4), 2-6 and 6-2), which she had lost against Bonaventure (6- 4, 0-6 and 6-4).


Carla Suarez was the heroine in the Federation Cup tie against Belgium, which returned the World Group to Spain two years later. As Georgina García Pérez did in the first round against Japan, the Canary saved the furniture of the National Team with her two individual triumphs and that of doubles with Garbiñe Muguruza as a couple. On Saturday she beat Alison Van Uytvanck, and on Sunday she finished first in 6-2 and 6-1 in 55 minutes to Yanina Wickmayer (29 years and 127th in the world), winner of five titles, semifinalist of the US Open in 2010 and number 12 of the ranking that same year, and later contributed to the triumph in the decisive point against Kirsten Flipkens and Ysaline Bonaventure (7-6 (4), 2-6 and 6-2 in 2h: 16) . Thus arranged a situation that It had complicated the Muguruza's defeat against Bonaventure in the first match of the second day (6-4, 0-6 and 6-4 in 1h: 50). Garbiñe had also fallen the previous day before Flipkens.

With his back to one hand at full capacity, Carla planted herself very well on the hard court covered in the small and disheveled pavilion of Cortrique and always carried the inciting in front of Wickmayer with subtle movements of doll from the center of the bottom line. There he dealt 17 winning shots and only committed four unforced errors. A match without fissures, phenomenal service (81% of points won with first and 64% with seconds) and the rest, normal given their experience and level against an opponent today for today inferior. Suarez fulfilled. "The next game is the most important, we are prepared, we want to be in the World Group and the only way is winning the eliminator (...) We want to be there, we deserve it for years," said Carla after adding the 11th Victory in its last 12 individual duels of the competition.

Before, Muguruza, winner of two Grand Slams and five other titles, exnúmero one of the world, was defeated by the 126th WTA ranking of 24 years, Bonaventure, a player without palmares, with some overweight, an almost amateur style of play and yes, a remarkable ability to place winning shots with the left foot. So, with 29 winners, six of them with their poisoned javelin (his other virtue), the Belgian put his country 2-1 ahead and Spain on the verge of defeat: 6-4, 0-6 and 6-4 in 1h: 50 "I have never played a game in such circumstances, I will delay in forgetting this victory against Muguruza" , he acknowledged. "From now on, I already know her," said Garbiñe.

Joy and relief in the doubles

The series was aimed at a dramatic double that started with Belgian dominance. The Spanish captain, Anabel Medina, expert doubles, decided not to pull Mariajo Martinez, the best in pairs, and join Carla and Muguruza, a duo that is well known and has won four titles and played other five finals. Of all the possible combinations, it was the most compenetrated. She trusted until the end in her best players on paper, despite the fact that Garbiñe came from fitting her second defeat. She had the opportunity to rehabilitate herself and although the weight was brought by Suárez, she contributed with a good performance in which she went from less to more. His partner shone in the first set, especially in a tiebreaker in which he was especially fine with the volleys. The second set was twisted and with two breaks, the locals tied. In the third set, the Spanish filling was completed and the game flowed as in past times towards a saving triumph, which produced relief and joy in equal parts. In 2020 , España, five times champion of the Federation Cup, will return to be in the elite of a competition in which changes are coming, maybe similar to those of the new Pique Davis Cup.



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