(photo: Costantini)
Internazionali BNL d'Italia is over for 2010. Jelena Jankovic and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez were last two players in the tournament.

After defeating the Williams sisters Jelena couldn\t continue with her impressive run to the title. She failed to win the 13th career title and the 3rd in Rome due to straight sets loss to unseeded Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez who won her biggest title.

At the beginning of the first set Jelena had problems with Spaniard's strange playing style. Maria played her serve-and-volley game perfectly not leaving any chance for Jelena. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ran away with the result 5:2. That was the time when the 7th-seeded Serb added some fuel and won 4 consecutive games to go up 6:5. Everything seemed right, but Martinez Sanchez had some other plans. After saving Jelena's first set point, Martinez broke Jelena's serve. It was 6:6. In the tiebreak Jelena made some wrong decisions, it had looked like she forgot that Spaniard was left handed. Jelena attacked Sanchez to the wrong side and the first set went to Maria after more than one hour.

Jelena opened the second set with serve, but let to be broken. Martinez Sanchez held her serve and went up 2:0.  Martinez Sanchez continued with execution and flawless serve-volley tactics to go up 5:3. Jelena found the strength once again and levelled the result to 5:5. That was all what Jelena managed to take in the second set. Martinez Sanchez won the set 7:5 and fell of joy in the clay court, celebrating her biggest title. You can't say she didn't deserve it. But on the other hand, our drama queen was stopped on the last stair.

Next week Jelena plays in Madrid. As we wrote before, Jelena received the first round bye, while in the second round awaits Ana Ivanovic.
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2 Response to "Rome Finale: Too much to handle!"

  1. Sam Said,

    I'm so pissed off! HOW???

    Posted on May 8, 2010 at 7:05 PM

  2. Djole Said,

    Jelena, Jelena, ccc. I must admit I'm little bit disappointed now, but on the other hand I now you played a exhausting match yesterday. Serena must have jinxed you :))

    Posted on May 8, 2010 at 7:15 PM




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