Crafty Martinez Sanchez Beats Jankovic for WTA Rome Crown
by Staff | May 8th, 2010, 11:28 pm

Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez chopped, sliced, drop-shotted, chipped and out-charged the field this week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, defeated former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 7-6(5), 7-5 for her third career title.
Martinez Sanchez’s no-rhythm game claimed a number or prominent scalps during the week, including another former No. 1-ranked Serb in Ana Ivanovic, and current world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki.

“My game isn’t typical, not even to the other Spanish players, but that’s the key. I like doing a lot of different things, coming to the net, playing drop shots,” Martinez Sanchez said. “When I was small, Martina Navratilova was still on the TV, and since I was young I have always liked coming to the net. When I was seven or eight I always hit the ball then went straight into the net.”

Martinez Sanchez hung on after blowing a 5-2 lead in the first set, and a 5-3 lead in the second set.

“This is a very important moment. I worked so hard to get here, and even if this goes down in history, it hasn’t sunken in yet,” Martinez Sanchez said. “In the first round I was losing. The key is to fight, fight, fight to the end. You don’t have to set a limit for yourself.”

Jankovic beat both Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, en route to the final, with the younger Williams sister squandering a match point. She joined Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters (twice), Lindsay Davenport and Justine Henin as players to beat both sisters at the same event.

“Maria Jose is very different from most girls,” Jankovic said. “She makes a lot of drop shots and volleys, and she’s also left-handed, which makes it a little bit tricky to play her. I tried my best. I came back in both sets and at those times I prayed to hold my serve. I didn’t manage it today. She won and credit to her.”

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6 Comments for Crafty Martinez Sanchez Beats Jankovic for WTA Rome Crown

Von Says:

Great win for Maria Jose Sanchez! She’s a fighter!!

mmm Says:

That was a very entertaining final in Rome! Congrats to Maria Jose, she’s fun to watch for sure.

Lisa Farley Says:

Hope to see MJMS win more titles. Like her style of play.

xmike Says:

her matches were some of the most entertaining and humourous matches i have ever seen, men or women; for anyone that didn’t see them, she plays like a mixture of fabrice santoro and martina navratilova, finally a woman player that doesn’t just bash the ball but uses her brain instead

BT Says:

Will be interesting to see the match up between her and Stosur in 2nd round Madrid. Both players running on pretty hot streaks.

BT Says:

“MADRID, Spain – Two of the most successful clay court players this year – and two of the rare all-court players among the upper echelon of the game – took opposite sides of the net in Madrid on Tuesday, and it was Samantha Stosur who emerged, edging María José Martínez Sánchez, 76(2) 64”

Haha, even the WTA admits that ‘all court players’ are rare amongst the top players. Not the best PR WTA.

Good win for Stosur again. A Venus QF could be the end of the road though.

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