BÅSTAD JULY 8-21 2024

Sweet revenge for Navarro

Sweet revenge for Navarro

After the rain delay, Mirjam Björklund and Emma Navarro were finally able to start when the sun came out in the afternoon here in Båstad. The top-seeded American seemed hungry for revenge after losing the final a few weeks ago in the 100k event in Ilkley, England.

Björklund raised the level considerably after a few games on center court and held a 5-3 lead. Navarro did not give up and equalized at 5-5 after many good duels in the afternoon sun which later led to a tiebreak in the first set. Björklund played with too small margins in the tiebreak, and lost the first set 7-6(2).

Björklund served home the first game in the second set, and broke to a 3-1 lead. A confident Björklund stepped into the court and dictated the game more in the second set, convincingly winning the set 6-1 on the fifth set point.

Navarro got a good advantage in the decisive set with two breaks and 4-0. The American did not give away any easy points, and was stable from the baseline. It was 6-1 in the decisive set and Navarro will face Tamara Zidansek in the quarterfinals.