Carla Suárez Navarro is back in Montreal where, two years ago, she had the best result of her career at the Canadian tournament (quarter-finals).

On Sunday, we had the chance to have an exclusive chat with the Spaniard, who will play her first tournament since Wimbledon.

“I have very good memories [from Montreal]”, said the world number nine. “We can play very well here. I remember that two years ago, I was very confident here and won very good matches. I lost in a very tight match against Venus [Williams]. But the most important thing is to try and have those good sensations, look for confidence, and try to have good results.”

The absence of Serena Willams, a potential quarter-finals rival for Suárez

“It’s not that important. In order to face Serena I would’ve had to win a few matches. For me, the most important match is the first one. Women’s tennis is very even at the moment. You have to win every match and play well in each match because all the players have the same goal. Obviously, if you keep on moving forward in the tournament and Serena Williams isn’t there, you can have better opportunities.”

Montreal, a warm-up for the Olympics?

“I think that this tournament is very important for me. It gives points, and the best players in the world are here. But yes, the fact is that the goal of this tournament, of the Olympics, and of Cincinnati, is to arrive in the best shape at the U.S. Open, which is, after all, the most important tournament of this stretch. In Montreal, it’s possible to play well and practise well. It’s also a good buildup for the Olympics and the U.S. Open.”

In Rio: singles, doubles with Muguruza… and mixed with Ferrer

“It will be the first time that I play with David Ferrer, and the first time that I play mixed doubles. The draw will be difficult. Garbiñe [Muguruza] and I haven’t played much doubles together this year. We concentrate more on our singles. It’s a nice goal for us, but we don’t have any pressure because we know that we couldn’t play much doubles this season. We’ll try to go one match at a time and do the best that we can.”

In her Montreal début, Suárez Navarro will play Slovakian qualifier Kristina Kucova.

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