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tennisIlove09
Aug 19th, 2003, 08:00 PM
Martinez quietly working back to elite level
By Jason York
August 19 2003
New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN — Conchita Martinez has reached a point in her tennis career where she can dispense with first-round pleasantries at a tournament.

She does not feel the need to take a lackadaisical approach; Martinez is all business.

Martinez routinely cut down qualifier Sobari Obata on Stadium Court Monday and rolled 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Pilot Pen.

"It was nice not to have many complications out there," Martinez, 31, said. "I think I played pretty serious today."

Martinez, seeded seventh, displayed many of the assets, sans a dominant serve, that have helped her capture 32 WTA Tour singles titles, including the 1994 Wimbledon championship.

Her forehand is still lethal, and she has always displayed a solid all-court game to compliment it.

Just over two years ago, Martinez was nearly forced to retire following an injury to her right Achilles tendon. She missed six months of WTA Tour play and watched her ranking plummet to as low as No. 35.

"I didn’t want to go with that ranking," said Martinez, who has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the world. "I did prove to myself that I can play at a high level (again)."

Following Monday’s win, she’s 27-15 this year, reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and is up to No. 12 in this week’s rankings. A strong showing at the Pilot Pen coupled with a good performance at the year’s final Grand Slam, the U.S. Open, could help Martinez finish the year inside the top 10 for the first time since 2000. She ended that year fifth in the rankings.

"I’m close now and that keeps me motivated to keep on going," said Martinez, who has twice advanced to the U.S. Open semifinals (1995, 1996) and once to the quarterfinals (1991).

Martinez, however, would like to have her first serve in better shape ahead of the U.S. Open.

"I feel like I’ve been working on it for years now," Martinez said half-jokingly of her serve. "It hasn’t really been working out great, but I still hope that one day it’s going to be out there."

While Martinez’s service woes didn’t hurt her against Obata, the Spaniard — who lives part time in San Diego — certainly will need her serve to be an asset next week. If her serve can produce some shorts balls for her to attack with her impressive forehand, a Cinderella run in the Flushing section of Queens is not out of the picture.

Could Martinez retire if she advanced to the quarterfinals? Semifinals? Final?

"Probably not," Martinez said. "That’s almost thinking about what the future is going to be. I don’t know what my head is going to think."

Besides, her body has been telling her that there’s plenty of good tennis left.

alfajeffster
Aug 19th, 2003, 08:21 PM
If she runs up against Davenport at the Open, look out Lindsay! :eek:

Cybelle Darkholme
Aug 19th, 2003, 08:44 PM
I wonder if other players who retired look at conchita and have regrets.

auntie janie
Aug 19th, 2003, 08:45 PM
OMG, I am going to faint!!! An article in a US paper about CONCHI!!!!!!! Am I dreaming????? :hearts: to Jason York!

Kart
Aug 19th, 2003, 08:50 PM
I wonder if other players who retired look at conchita and have regrets.

Probably, but it takes a strong will to let your ranking drop so low and commit yourself to fight your way back to the top.

I have a lot of respect for Conchita for that. I hope she can get back to the top ten.

ex hopman
Aug 19th, 2003, 08:52 PM
She's such a nice girl, according to Kimiko Date...

potty
Aug 19th, 2003, 09:08 PM
Nice article but I have to say it does not show Conchi's fightback in full as it says she plummeted to as low as 35! well try 75 and u would be nearer the mark!!!

Oh and Conchi's highest ranking was number 2 not 3!!! (people selling Conchi short yet again!!!)

These people should get the little facts right about the person they are writing about!!

Saying all that

VAMOS the GREAT Conchi!!!

Sonf@
Aug 19th, 2003, 09:43 PM
Conchi was 35th after not playing for six months, but the next year she couldn't defend the points and she was 74th one week. Hopefully she recovered after Bali and Zurich.

propi
Aug 20th, 2003, 12:35 AM
:hearts:
I only hope she keeps playing until Olympic games, then take a medal and do whatever she wants later

treufreund
Aug 20th, 2003, 02:49 AM
All I know is that I love Conchita. I love her every bit as much as Hingis. :eek: There is something about Conchita's on court personality that makes her charming and it is soo great to see her getting good results!

Richie77
Aug 20th, 2003, 05:56 AM
Go Conchita!!! :worship:

I would LOVE to see her get back into the Top 10. And give one last good try at Roland Garros. She can do it. :)

treufreund
Aug 20th, 2003, 06:05 AM
she did so well this year at roland garros getting to the quarterfinals :D

propi
Aug 20th, 2003, 09:32 AM
she did so well this year at roland garros getting to the quarterfinals :D
She will do great in this years USO, I have the feeling she will reach 1/4 at least :bounce:

bee
Aug 20th, 2003, 12:05 PM
:) :) :)
nice article !!!

ASV_FAN
Aug 20th, 2003, 11:36 PM
I love seeing Conchita still out there and I would love to see her win another grand slam more than anyone except Jennifer and Monica. Great to see her still competing at a high level :) .

VAMOS CONCHITA :D !!!

Ka-Klunka
Aug 21st, 2003, 01:37 AM
I've met Conchita and she was very pleasant. It's too awful that her eyes are so close together.

bee
Aug 21st, 2003, 12:50 PM
It's too awful that her eyes are so close together.


:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

They are supposed to be close together.... :angel: :angel:

skanky~skanketta
Aug 21st, 2003, 02:41 PM
GO CONCHITA!!!!do some damage at the open!!!!

i dont know why people dont like watching her play. i love her game!