María José Martínez Sánchez
12 August 1982 |
Yecla, Murcia, Spain
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||5 WTA, 12 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 19 (10 May 2010)|
|Current ranking||No. 157 (2 February 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2009)|
|French Open||3R (2009, 2012)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2008, 2011)|
|US Open||3R (2009)|
|Career titles||16 WTA, 22 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (18 January 2010)|
|Current ranking||No. 12 (2 February 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2009)|
|French Open||SF (2010, 2012)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2008, 2009, 2012)|
|US Open||SF (2012)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
Last updated on: 2 February 2013.
María José Martínez Sánchez (born 12 August 1982) is a Spanish professional tennis player. In singles, she has won five WTA singles titles, the 2009 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, the 2009 Swedish Open, the Premier 5 event, 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the 2011 Gastein Ladies and the 2011 Hansol Korea Open. She was also a runner-up at the 2008 Barcelona KIA. As a junior she won the 1999 Orange Bowl, a year-ending tennis event for junior players. She reached her career high ranking in singles of World No. 19 on 10 May 2010.
In doubles, Martínez Sánchez has won 14 WTA titles, nine of which came with Nuria Llagostera Vives, including the 2009 WTA Tour Championships. She has also won four titles with Anabel Medina Garrigues. Martínez Sánchez reached a career high doubles ranking of World No. 5 on 18 January 2010.
Early career 
At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, she advanced to the third round where she lost to eventual champion Venus Williams. In her next Grand Slam, the 2008 US Open, she lost in the first round to Sabine Lisicki.
She finished off the year of a ranking of 87, and only the second time of her career that she finish the year in the top 100 (her first being all the way back in 2001).
Martínez Sánchez started the year playing at the 2009 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. In the first round, she upset the 32nd seed Tamarine Tanasugarn 7–5, 6–3. She then defeated Akgul Amanmuradova 6–2, 6–4 but lost in the third round to compatriot Carla Suárez Navarro 6–1, 6–4. In doubles, she and Nuria Llagostera Vives were seeded 11th and defeated 6th seeds Yan Zi and Zheng Jie in the third round but they lost a tough match in the quarterfinals to Nathalie Dechy and Mara Santangelo 3–6, 7–6, 7–6.
Maria Jose next played at the 2009 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas where she was seeded 7th. She defeated Anastasiya Yakimova, Arantxa Parra Santonja and Betina Jozami to reach the semi-finals where she won a close match against Patricia Mayr 7–5, 7–5. She captured her first WTA singles titl when she defeated 3rd seed Gisela Dulko 6–3, 6–2 in the final. In doubles, Mártinez Sánchez and Llagostera Vives were the top seeds and they reached the final where they beat second seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta 7–5, 3–6, [10–7] to win their first doubles title of the year.
Martinez Sanchez won her second singles title at the year at the 2009 Swedish Open. On the way she defeated 4th seed Kaia Kanepi, Carla Suárez Navarro and Gisela Dulko before beating top seed and World No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki 7–5, 6–4 in the final.
Martinez Sanchez and her partner Nuria Llagostera Vives won the year ending championships in doubles. As the third seeds, they defeated Venus Williams and Serena Williams 2–6, 6–4, [10–8] before winning the biggest title of their careers against World No. 1's Cara Black and Liezel Huber 7–6, 5–7, [10–8] in the final.
Maria qualified to play at the 2009 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali. She recovered from a first set deficit to beat Szávay in 3 sets 4–6, 6–4, 6–0 in her second group round robin match she beat Stosur in straight sets 7–6, 7–5 where Stosur served a 208kmps world record serve. In the semifinal she lost against Aravane Rezaï 6–2, 6–3, who clearly outplayed her on that day.
Overall, Martinez Sanchez had the greatest year of her career. The highlights were winning two singles WTA titles at Bogotá and Båstad (Sweden) and by reaching the third rounds at the Australian Open, French Open, US Open. She ended the year ranked World No. 30.
In doubles, she won seven titles with Nuria Llagostera Vives at Bogotá, Acapulco, Barcelona, Palermo, Toronto, New Haven and the most important, the WTA Tour Championships in Doha. She ended the year ranked World No. 5.
Her first tournament of the year was winning the Hopman Cup with partner Tommy Robredo. They reached the Final after defeating top seeds Australia, the United States, and Romania without losing a single match. However she had a shock loss to young British prospect Laura Robson but was able to secure a 2–1 win for Spain.
At Indian Wells, she entered in the second round against A. Dulgheru and struggled through in three sets, 2–6 6–3 6–1. Then she went on winning in straight sets over Belarussian Victoria Azarenka in the third round, 7–6, 6–2, and another straight sets win over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the fourth round 6–4, 6–4. In the quarterfinals she was defeated by Samantha Stosur in straight sets, 3–6, 6–7.
Martinez Sanchez major breakthrough tournament came at the Italian Open, a Premier 5 event in Rome where nine of the top ten women were competing. She upset World No. 17 Francesca Schiavone, World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and then Lucie Šafářová in straight sets. She then defeated Ana Ivanović in the semifinals 6–4, 6–2 and went on to beat World No. 7 Jelena Janković in the final 7–6, 7–5 to win the biggest title of her career so far. Due to her impressive performance in Rome, she became a top 20 player for the first time, at No.19. However, she was unable to carry any momentum at all into the 2010 French Open, suffering defeat in the first round, because her neck was injured while she was training the same day and she could hardly move the neck in the match.
She returned in Eastbourne, winning the first match against Vera Zvonareva and the second round again Aravane Rezaï. She was defeated in the quarterfinals by Marion Bartoli in a really hard match. But more bad luck came to María once again when her leg was injured due to bad movement before her quarterfinals doubles match. This time would be worse for she would miss Wimbledon and most of the summer season, before returning in New Haven and losing in the first round against wildcard Elena Dementieva.
In the 2010 US Open, she failed to repeat her 3rd round finish of the previous year, losing in the 2nd round against Patty Schnyder in a tight match 7–6, 6–4. Overall the result was good for Martinez Sanchez who had made a lot unforced errors and Schnyder who had her best match in the past few months.
Martinez Sanchez started off the year at the 2011 Medibank International Sydney where she defeated Daniela Hantuchová in the first round 6–2, 6–4 before setting up a meeting with Alisa Kleybanova where she lost 6–2, 6–4. In the 2011 Australian Open Martinez Sanchez was seeded 26. In the first round she faced Gréta Arn who had recently won the 2011 ASB Classic event in Auckland. Martinez Sanchez won against Arn although was subsequently defeated by Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet in the second round.
At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Martínez Sánchez came from a set down to upset 15th seed Jelena Janković in the first round. She then made quick work of Romanian Monica Niculescu in the following match. She lost to 23rd seed and 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the third round.
She has earned two International Championships in 2011. In July, Martinez Sanchez defeated Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6–0, 7–4 at the Bad Gastein Ladies in Bad Gastein, Austria. She followed that win with a 7–6, 7–6 victory over Galina Voskoboeva at the Hansol Korea Open in September.
2012 was a year of injury and struggles for Martinez Sanchez as she consequently fell out of the top 150 in singles.
After withdrawing from the Australian Open with a left knee injury, she failed to win a main draw match until the French Open, where she reached the 3rd round losing to 15th seed Dominika Cibulková, 2–6, 1–6. Martinez Sanchez experienced even more success in doubles where she reached the semis with Nuria Llagostera Vives losing to eventual champions and 4th seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Martinez Sanchez lost to Laura Robson and Ana Ivanovic both in 3 sets, at the AEGON International and Wimbledon respectively, the first sending her out of the top 50. However in doubles, again with Llagostera Vives, they won in Eastbourne without dropping a set and defeating the top 2 seeds, but they lost in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone in a tough three-setter.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Martinez Sanchez defeated Polona Hercog 6–4, 6–2, before being routed out by Victoria Azarenka 1–6, 2–6. She and Llagostera Vives routed Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur 6–1, 6–1, before falling to Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie 4–6, 2–6.
Despite falling first round again in singles in Cincinnati, Martinez Sanchez and Llagostera Vives were pushed in the first round by Olga Govortsova and Alla Kudryavtseva, but fell to 8th seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Zheng Jie 4–6, 3–6.
A good run at the US Open caused her to bounce back into the top 100 of singles and the top 15 of doubles. After a tough first round match with fellow veteran Mirjana Lučić winning 6–3, 7–5, she pushed eventual champ Serena Williams 6–2, 6–4. The scoreline was easier than it looks however. After a series of tough wins with Llagostera Vives in doubles, they met the eventual champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci falling 2–6, 3–6.
Entering the 2012 Hansol Korea Open as the defending champion, she played well defeating Eleni Daniilidou, and Nadia Petrova via walkover, but lost in the quarterfinals where she was routed by Ekaterina Makarova 1–6, 1–6. The loss sent her sprawling out of the top 100 to 137. Martinez Sanchez then lost in the first round of qualies at Tokyo, Beijing, and Osaka. In Osaka, she managed to push 2nd seed Zheng Jie to a tough three-setter losing 6–4, 5–7, 4–6 despite going up a set and 5–2.
WTA career finals 
Singles: 6 (5–1) 
|Runner-up||1.||15 June 2008||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Maria Kirilenko||6–0, 6–2|
|Winner||1.||22 February 2009||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Gisela Dulko||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||2.||11 July 2009||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Caroline Wozniacki||7–5, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||8 May 2010||Rome, Italy||Clay||Jelena Janković||7–6(7–5), 7–5|
|Winner||4.||17 July 2011||Bad Gastein, Austria||Clay||Patricia Mayr-Achleitner||6–0, 7–5|
|Winner||5.||25 September 2011||Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Galina Voskoboeva||7–6(7–0), 7–6(7–2)|
Doubles: 26 (16–10) 
|Winner||1.||4 March 2001||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Virginia Ruano Pascual
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), 7–5|
|Winner||2.||8 April 2001||Porto, Portugal||Clay||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Alexandra Fusai
|6–1, 6–7(5–7), 7–5|
|Winner||3.||6 May 2001||Bol, Croatia||Clay||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Nadia Petrova
|Runner-up||1.||16 July 2001||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Tathiana Garbin
|4–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||29 July 2001||Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||María Emilia Salerni|| Lubomira Bacheva
|6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–1|
|Winner||4.||5 August 2001||Basel, Switzerland||Clay||Anabel Medina Garrigues|| Joannette Kruger
|Runner-up||3.||11 August 2002||Espoo, Finland||Clay||Eva Bes-Ostariz|| Svetlana Kuznetsova
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–3|
|Runner-up||4.||13 July 2003||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Arantxa Parra Santonja|| Adriana Serra Zanetti
|Winner||5.||2 March 2008||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Iveta Benešová
|Runner-up||5.||11 May 2008||Berlin, Germany||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Cara Black
|3–6, 6–2, [10–2]|
|Runner-up||6.||15 June 2008||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Arantxa Parra Santonja
|4–6, 7–5, [10–4]|
|Winner||6.||21 February 2009||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Gisela Dulko
|7–5, 3–6, [10–7]|
|Winner||7.||28 February 2009||Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Lourdes Domínguez Lino
Arantxa Parra Santonja
|Winner||8.||19 April 2009||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Sorana Cîrstea
|3–6, 6–2, [10–8]|
|Runner-up||7.||11 July 2009||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Gisela Dulko
|6–2, 0–6, [10–5]|
|Winner||9.||19 July 2009||Palermo, Italy||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Mariya Koryttseva
|Runner-up||8.||16 August 2009||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Cara Black
|6–3, 0–6, [10–2]|
|Winner||10.||23 August 2009||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Samantha Stosur
|2–6, 7–5, [11–9]|
|Winner||11.||29 August 2009||New Haven, United States||Hard||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Iveta Benešová
|Winner||12.||1 November 2009||Doha, Qatar||Hard||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Cara Black
|7–6(7–0), 5–7, [10–7]|
|Winner||13.||20 February 2010||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Květa Peschke
|Runner-up||9.||9 May 2010||Rome, Italy||Clay||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Gisela Dulko
|Runner-up||10.||23 October 2010||Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Sara Errani|| Gisela Dulko
|6–3, 2–6, [10–6]|
|Winner||14.||20 February 2011||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Liezel Huber|| Květa Peschke
|Winner||15.||9 July 2011||Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Lourdes Domínguez Lino|| Nuria Llagostera Vives
Arantxa Parra Santonja
|Winner||16.||23 June 2012||Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||Nuria Llagostera Vives|| Liezel Huber
Team events (1) 
|Winner||1.||9 January 2010||Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia||Hard||Tommy Robredo|| Andy Murray
Singles performance timeline 
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||3R||2R||2R||A||Q1||0 / 5||4–5|
|French Open||1R||Q1||A||A||A||A||Q2||1R||3R||1R||2R||3R||0 / 6||5–6|
|Wimbledon||1R||A||A||A||A||Q3||Q1||3R||1R||A||3R||1R||0 / 5||4–5|
|US Open||1R||A||A||A||A||1R||Q2||1R||3R||2R||1R||2R||0 / 7||4–7|
|Win–Loss||0–4||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||2–3||6–4||2–3||4–4||3–3||0-0||0 / 23||17–23|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Indian Wells||A||Q2||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||QF||3R||1R||A||0 / 3||4–3|
|Miami||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||3R||A||A||0 / 4||2–4|
|Madrid||Not Held||1R||2R||1R||A||A||0 / 3||0–3|
|Beijing||Not Held||Not Tier I||3R||1R||2R||Q1||0 / 3||3–3|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Dubai||Not Tier I||A||2R||1R||NP5||0 / 2||1–2|
|Rome||A||Q1||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||W||1R||1R||A||1 / 4||9–3|
|Cincinnati||Not Held||Not Tier I||2R||A||1R||1R||0 / 3||1–3|
|Canada||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||3R||1R||0 / 3||2–3|
|Tokyo||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||Q1||0 / 2||0–2|
Women's doubles performance timeline 
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||2R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||QF||3R||2R||A||3R||0 / 6||9–5|
|French Open||1R||2R||1R||A||A||A||3R||QF||1R||SF||3R||SF||0 / 9||16–9|
|Wimbledon||1R||A||A||A||A||3R||2R||QF||QF||A||2R||QF||0 / 7||9–6|
|US Open||1R||A||A||A||A||2R||A||2R||QF||1R||3R||SF||0 / 7||11–7|
|Win–Loss||0–3||2–2||0–2||0–0||0–0||3–2||3–2||7–3||9–4||6–4||6–4||11–3||2–1||0 / 29||49–30|
|WTA Tour Championships||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||W||A||A||A||1 / 1||2–0|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||A||Not Held||1R||Not Held||2R||NH||0 / 2||1–2|
|WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments|
|Indian Wells||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||QF||1R||2R||1R||0 / 6||6–6|
|Miami||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||2R||SF||A||QF||0 / 4||8–3|
|Madrid||Not Held||QF||SF||2R||SF||A||0 / 4||7–4|
|Beijing||T IV||Tier II||QF||QF||2R||2R||0 / 4||5–4|
|WTA Premier 5 Tournaments|
|Dubai||Tier II||A||W||W||Premier||2 / 2||8–0|
|Doha||Tier III||Tier II||A||Not Held||P||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Rome||A||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||SF||F||QF||1R||0 / 6||6–6|
|Montréal / Toronto||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||W||A||1R||1R||1 / 4||5–3|
|Cincinnati||NH||Tier III||F||A||1R||SF||0 / 3||7–3|
|Tokyo||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||0 / 2||0–2|
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