It’s Chica Time
Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010
Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez d. Jelena Jankovic, 76(5) 75
I totally meant to blog about this last night and, revisiting it now, I’m surprised it was actually a straight sets match. It felt like such a hard-fought contest that in my mind I’d expanded it to three sets. Anyway, it was a really fun match and a proper clash of styles, with MJMS’ slightly whacky serve-and-volley tennis pitched against JJ’s counterpunching, and although MJMS was unquestionably the better player – some of her gets and pickup volleys were literally amazing – I was really impressed with JJ’s fight and the way she set herself to solving the problem in front of her, determinedly taking herself out of her comfort zone to keep it as close as it was. I still think it was a great week for her and I wouldn’t mind an early loss in Madrid if it means she can rest up and bring this kind of tennis to Roland Garros.
But it was Maria Jose’s day as she picked up the biggest title of her career at the age of 27 – and after having given up competing because she wasn’t enjoying her tennis any more. And how great is it to see one of the Spanish women making themselves a presence on the big stage, for a change? Great stuff.
Oh, lord. She’s a biter.