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Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez wins her 2nd WTA title of the year in Korea.

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez became the first Spanish woman since 2006 to win a hardcourt event as she triumphed at the Hansol Korea Open today. The 29-year-old left-hander from Barcelona landed her second title of 2011 – the first came on clay at Bad Gastein in July – by beating Russian Galina Voskoboeva 7-6 (7/0) 7-6 (7/2). Unseeded 26-year-old Voskoboeva coped well with her first career WTA tour final, aside from in the tie-breaks where she was overwhelmed by sixth seed Martinez Sanchez. The last Spanish player to land a WTA title on hardcourt had been Anabel Medina Garrigues in Canberra, in 2006. Champion Martinez Sanchez pointed to composure at key moments in the match as key to her success. She said, according to tour website “I felt very calm in the tie-breaks. That was the key for me. “I felt I played well the whole match. I like coming to net and I think it also makes my opponents uncomfortable, so it works well. But Galina played well – this was my toughest match of the week. I had to fight until the end.”


Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez maintained her perfect record against Julia Goerges by knocking the third seed out of the Korea Open on Friday.


Goerges, the highest-ranked player left in the event entering the quarter-finals, was beaten 7-6 (8/6) 6-1. Martinez Sanchez, seeded six, also beat the German in their only previous meeting, in New Haven in 2008. The match featured nine breaks of serve with the opening set breaker proving crucial. After it went the way of the Spaniard, Goerges’ challenge wilted and Martinez Sanchez wrapped up the win in one hour and 50 minutes.

Fifth seed Polona Hercog defeated fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova for the loss of just four games and will now play Galina Voskoboeva – 6-2 6-3 winner against Vera Dushevina. The semi-final line-up was completed when Klara Zakopalova beat Vania King 6-2 4-6 6-1. She will play Martinez Sanchez in the last four.


Jelena Jankovic suffered a first-round loss after a 5-7 6-4 6-3 defeat by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon

The 15th seed secured the first set but lost her grip on the match in the second as her Spainish opponent responded to force a decider. And the Serb lost her serve at a crucial time as Martinez Sanchez secured her second-round place. Jankovic’s first-round exit was her first in a Grand Slam since the French Open in 2005.

Eighth seed Petra Kvitova, 11th seed Andrea Petkovic and 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also progressed. Czech Kvitova was in excellent form after a swift 6-2 6-2 win over American Alexa Glatch, while German Petkovic beat France’s Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-3 6-4.

Russian Pavlyuchenkova also enjoyed a straight-sets 6-4 7-6 win over Lesia Tsurenko from Ukraine.


Martinez-Sanchez bewilders her opponents and wins the Italian Open.

Maria Jose  Martinez-Sanchez proved that you don’t have to pound the ball with every ounce of strength you may have to win a title in the WTA tour. She demonstrated that there is another way to win, and after a week of frustrating her opponents in Rome, she was rewarded with the title. Jelena Jankovic was her victim in the long 2 set final, and it was probably the most frustrating 21/2 hours of tennis that she has played in a long time.

“It was really an unbelievable tournament for me,” Martinez Sanchez said. “What can I say? It’s incredible.”

Jankovic was aiming for her third title at the Foro Italico, but more than once ended up sprawled on the clay after chasing down drop shots.

“She played so well,” Jankovic said. “She really killed me with all those drop shots, and I killed myself falling all over the place.”

The final score was 7-6, 7-5, but even if she had lost, MJMS would have left an indelible impression on every tennis fan who witnessed her performance. Is it beyond hope to wonder if some of the young players who watched today might emulate Maria by adding a drop shot to their repotoire, or by learning how to change the pace, or by serving and volleying?

It has been a long time since a player of this style has reached a final and gone on to win. At times I was reminded of Navritalova, Novotna, and even John McEnroe as I watched this left hander execute her delicate drop shots.

If she was this good on clay, then the players best be aware of what she might do on grass!


Martinez-Sanchez is into the Italian Open final.

Only one of the two Serbian semi finalists made it through to Saturday’s final, and that one was Jelena Jankovic. The other one, Ana Ivanovic could not find the answer to the unique game of Martinez Sanchez who defeated Ana 6-4, 6-2. She is not alone among the top women players who have been bewildered by their encounter with this Spanish throw-back to the age of serve and volley, of soft touch and delicate drop shots. It will be interesting to see how Jankovic deals with the Sanchez game. One thing in Jelena’s favour is her quick feet amd her movement around the court. She will need them tomorrow.

For Ana Ivanovic she must be ecstatic with her week in Rome, and for Jelena Jankovic, who defeated both the Williams sisters in back to back matches, she must now be considered as one of the favourites heading into Roland Garros.

“She played really, really well,” said Ana. “I wasn’t used to her type of play and things were happening a little too quickly. She hit so many lines and has a great drop shot.

“Putting this match to the side, I take a lot of positives from this week. I achieved quite a lot and I’m looking forward to the rest of the clay court season. I hope to keep improving.”

She now heads to Spain for the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, where she will play compatriot, former world No.1 and Rome finalist Jelena Jankovic in the second round, having received a bye in round one.


Ana Ivanovic is thru to the semi final in Rome!

It was more of the same in Rome as Ana Ivanovic dispatched Nadia Petrova in straight sets 6-2, 7-5. It was her third win in a row and launched her into the semi final where she will meet Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. This will be a tougher test for Ivanovic as Sanchez is at her best on clay and is also a serve and volleyer.

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain beat Czech opponent Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 6-4. 

Martinez Sanchez maintained her focus during a brief downpour that interrupted play for 15 minutes just after the start of the first-set tiebreaker. The Spaniard also controlled the play with her big first serve, leading 7-0 in aces

Serena Williams dispatched Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday then waited to see if she will meet sister Venus in the Italian Open semifinals.

“I have a really tough opponent next match whether it’s Venus or Jelena,” Serena said. “Obviously, ‘Go V!”’

After cruising through the first set and jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the second, Serena lost three straight games before regaining control on her service games, blasting aces at 198 kph (123 mph) and firing baseline winners at will.

Serena had a 8-1 edge in aces and 19-7 in winners.

Serena has been out with a left knee injury since winning the Australian Open in January and this is her first tournament back.

“I can’t believe I’m still in the tournament,” she said. “It’s weird.”

Serena won this clay-court warmup for the French Open in 2002 en route to her only title at Roland Garros.


Seeded players fall in 2nd round in Barcelona.

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez suffered a surprise second-round defeat by wildcard entry Arantxa Parra Santonja on a day of upsets at the Barcelona Ladies Open.

Martinez Sanchez, the world 27 and top-ranked Spaniard, lost to her compatriot 5-7 6-3 7-5 to crash out in front of her home fans.

The 27-year-old was not the only notable player to fall as fourth seed Maria Kirilenko and fifth seed Sorana Cirstea followed her out of the draw.

Kirilenko, a finalist here last year, was beaten in three sets by Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6 6-2 6-2 in two hours and nine minutes while Cirstea was cast aside 6-1 6-4 by Czech Iveta Benesova.

There were no such problems for top seed Francesca Schiavone with the Italian cruising to a 6-4 6-3 success against Tathiana Garbin.

Schiavone was joined in the third round by her countrywoman Roberta Vinci, the defending champion, who beat another Spanish wildcard Laura Pous Tio 4-6 6-0 6-3.

A third Italian, Sara Errani, was narrowly beaten 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5) by Alexandra Dulgheru.

Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky fought back to beat Regina Kulikova 2-6 6-2 6-3 while local hopeful Carla Suarez Navarro was too good for Kristina Barrois 6-3 7-5 in the day’s final match.


Azarenka forced to retire with a thigh injury.

Victoria Azarenka has suffered from left thigh injury while playing against Spanish Maria Jose Martinez on the centre court of Andalucia Tennis Experience.

When she was up 4-0, she suffered from a sudden pain, which made her suspend the match to receive a treatment from the tournament physiotherapist. After the massage given to the back part of her leg, the physiotherapist wrap it with the bandage and the player came back to the court to continue the match to retire only few minutes later. Under this circumstance Maria José Martinez has gone through to the semifinals, where tomorrow she will face fellow Carla Suarez, who earlier on today defeated Tatjana Malek.

The Italian Flavia Pennetta has become the second semifinalist of the tournament after clinching the victory over Romanian Simona Halep 6-4 7-6 (4) in only 1hour and 45 minutes.Number 16 in the WTA ranking did not give any chance to her opponent, ranked 166, who although trying her best during all match, was not able to prevent herself from the defeat. Pennetta will now face fellow Italian Sara Errani  who defeated Beatriz Garcia 6-7,6-4,6-3.

The 18 year old Romanian, the youngest player left in draw, started the match very concentrated and was even up 2-4 after breaking her opponent service. Despite this advantage, Pennetta has asserted her status as a favorite and made her rival play by her rules in the rest of the first set as well as in the second one, which ended with a tight 7-6 eventually won by the Italian.


Robson wins her best match ever, but Spain wins the Cup.

Great Britain took an unexpected lead in the tie when the 15-year-old Robson claimed the biggest scalp of her fledgling career by beating Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1, 7-6 (8/6).

World No 4 Andy Murray, who had not lost a match in the group stages, then missed the chance to clinch what would have been Great Britain’s first Hopman Cup success when he lost to Tommy Robredo 1-6 6-4 6-3.

The Scot was made to pay for not closing out the tie as Spain completed the come-from-behind win when they then won the mixed doubles 7-6 (8/6), 7-5.

Great Britain had twice fended off championship points in an absorbing mixed doubles, but it was third time lucky for the Spanish pair when Martinez Sanchez arrowed a forehand winner down the line.

For Robredo it was the second time he has won the tournament after he successfully teamed with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 2002.

Murray had spearheaded Great Britain’s run to the final but it was his playing partner Robson, seven years his junior, who stole the limelight in the singles as she toppled a top-30 player for the first time.

The Australian-born left-hander did not win a match in the group stages, but saved her best until last as she fired 28 winners to upset the No 26.

The 403rd-ranked Robson was not expected to test Martinez Sanchez, who had been in top form this week having not dropped a single set, but unhinged the Spaniard’s trusted serve-and-volley game with some pinpoint passing strokes.

The teen twice broke with backhand winners in the first set as her confidence grew before serving it out with an ace.

The second set was a far tighter contest and Robson had to draw on her resolve to save a set point and pull back a break to force a tie-break.

Robson was fearless in the decider as she continued to go for her shots and, despite squandering four match points, regained her composure to fittingly secure the win with a backhand cross-court winner.

The Britons then looked to be on track for the title when Murray continued his impressive form by taking the first set against Robredo 6-1.

But from there the veteran Spaniard fought his way back into the match as Murray self-destructed on the back of 29 unforced errors.

The Scot was broken in the 10th game to concede his first set at the tournament and never recovered after immediately losing his serve in the third set as his Spanish opponent started to run him around the court.

It was at the very least a lesson in humility for the 22-year-old after he had declared yesterday that he would not lose to the 27-year-old Robredo.

And those words were made to haunt him as the Spanish pair sewed up the win in the mixed doubles.


Spain too strong for USA…

SPAIN has made the perfect start to its quest for a third Hyundai Hopman Cup title by beating the United States on Sunday inside Perth’s Burswood Dome.

After the top-seeds Australia suffered a shock loss to Romania on Saturday to begin Hyundai Hopman Cup XXII, Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Tommy Robredo both won their singles over America’s Melanie Oudin and John Isner to assert themselves as contenders for the championship.

Martinez Sanchez began the Tie with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Oudin and then Robredo came back from a set down to beat Isner 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.

Martinez Sanchez came into her match with Oudin not feeling her best after taking time to adjust in Perth since arriving, but she showed no signs of her discomfort on court.

She is coming off the best singles year of her career to rise to a ranking of 26 in the world, and showed why by taking out the first set 6-4 over the teenage American on the back of one break of serve.

The 27-year-old Spaniard then started strongly in the second to go out to a 5-2 lead to close in on a comfortable victory, but then Oudin showed some of the fighting qualities that saw her bounce back from losing the first set of each of her matches at Wimbledon and the US Open before making the fourth round and quarter-final at the Grand Slams.

Oudin managed to reduce Martinez Sanchez’s lead to 5-4, but the Spaniard was able to serve out the match to begin 2010 in impressive fashion. The Spaniard wasn’t feeling her best before the match, but was glad she could still close it out in the second set.

“I was not OK. I threw up also, but now I’m much better,” Martinez Sanchez said.

“At the beginning of the season it’s difficult to play matches because we went two months without playing. I was winning 5-2 and you have some doubts, but at the end I could win.”

The men’s match was a contrast in styles with the veteran battler Robredo taking on the giant Isner. Both men wouldn’t give an inch in an entertaining first set that went to the tie-break and Isner got on top and finished it off with a massive 225km/hr serve to claim it.

Robredo turned his game up another level in the second set and found some chinks in the game of the big American to race out to a 5-2 lead and he took out the set 6-3.

After Robredo secured the only break of the match in the second set, the third again stayed on serve and went to the tie-break. This time Robredo prevailed to take out the match and secure the Tie for Spain.

Robredo was tired after the 2hr 28mins match with Isner, but was glad he could tough out the victory.

“I am tired after playing two-and-a-half hours for the first match of the year, it was really tough. I’m so proud because playing against a player like John, it’s so difficult to keep focus all the time,” Robredo said.

“He didn’t break me in all the match so it really made me happy. With a player like him if you have five or six chances of making a passing shot in all the match, you have to try to make nearly four or five.”

In the mixed doubles, Spain’s prowess proved too good as Martinez Sanchez and Robredo beat the Americans 6-4, 7-5 to wrap up the Tie 3-1.

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