CARLSBAD — Carla Suarez Navarro used a strong return game for a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sachie Ishizu in the first round of the Southern California Open on Tuesday.
The eighth-seeded Spaniard took advantage of her Japanese opponent's serve by breaking Ishizu on both opportunities in the first set, then breaking her serve four more times in the second set to advance.
Suarez Navarro, the only seeded player in action Tuesday, played in her first tournament since losing a tight two-setter to world No. 8 Petra Kvitova in the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
British sensation Laura Robson, the highest ranked teenager in the world at No. 32, was extended before winning her...