CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For the second straight week, Virginia women’s tennis freshman Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) will be competing in a WTA event after being awarded wildcards into the singles and doubles draws of the MUSC Health Women’s Open being held April 12-18 in Charleston, S.C.
Navarro will face No. 96 Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic in the opening round of singles. They will play the third match on the Althea Gibson court on Tuesday (Apr. 13).
In doubles, she will partner with Sophie Chang in doubles, taking on Hailey Baptiste and Catherine McNally.
This is the first year of this WTA 250 level event being held at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, the same location as last week’s Volvo Car Open. The tournament will be carried on the Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus.
Navarro, who began her collegiate career by winning her first 14 NCAA singles matches and has moved up to a No. 6 ITA ranking, holds a world WTA ranking of 404 in singles and 420 in doubles. The Charleston native finished 2019 ranked the No. 3 juniors player in the world, from a season that included a semifinals finish at the 2019 Junior Wimbledon Championships, a finals berth at the 2019 French Open Junior Championships and the singles title at the 2019 Adidas Easter Bowl. In 2018, Navarro won the 18 singles and doubles titles at the USTA National Clay Court Championships. She picked up her first WTA tournament-level match win in singles at last week’s Volvo Car Open WTA 500 event, also advancing to the quarterfinals in doubles.