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Charleston's Emma Navarro earns first Volvo Car Open win

Charleston's Emma Navarro earns first Volvo Car Open win (WCIV)
Charleston's Emma Navarro earns first Volvo Car Open win (WCIV)

Tuesday was a night Charleston's Emma Navarro will not soon forget.

Navarro, 19, scored her first WTA professional tour victory by defeating Mexico's Renata Zarazua (6-4, 6-3) in straight sets in an opening round matchup.

It was the first win in her hometown tournament for the University of Virginia freshman and Ashley Hall alumna. She first appeared in the Volvo Car Open in 2019.

Looking ahead, Navarro will face Russia's Veronika Kudermetova, the WTA No. 38-ranked player, Wednesday in the round of 32. That match is set for 1:30 p.m.

Kudermetova defeated American Desirae Krawczyk (6-1, 6-2) in the opening round to advance in the tournament.

Navarro, a former No. 1 junior tennis recruit in the nation and No. 3 worldwide, is not yet a full-time professional player. She entered the 2020 Volvo Car Open as a wild card qualifier.

At the University of Virginia, Navarro so far her freshman season has posted a 14-1 singles record for the Cavaliers. Last week she was ranked No. 6 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's women's singles standings.

Navarro's father, Ben Navarro, is the owner of the company that hosts the Volvo Car Open.