Martinez not ready to retire

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Conchita Martinez ousted ninth seed Jelena Dokic of Serbia and Montenegro from the $1.3 million Italian Open.

Martinez not ready to retire

Rome: Veteran Conchita Martinez is not ready to give up tennis, despite the young and hard-hitting opponents she must face at every turn. Martinez proved her resolve yesterday by ousting ninth-seeded and 2001 champion Jelena Dokic of Serbia and Montenegro from the $1.3 million Italian Open. "I was surprised by how I played and how I could keep up with her mentally and physically," Martinez said. The 31-year-old Spaniard overcame Dokic 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a long-fought first round match. Martinez was solid from the baseline and allowed her opponent to make most of the mistakes. Martinez, a Wimbledon winner in 1994, says her current goal is to climb back into the top 10, but "my dream is to win the French Open". The Italian Open is considered a key clay-court tune-up for the Roland Garros event, which begins on May 26 in Paris. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
Related Articles
IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg
IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Anand Amritraj Gets Support From India's Davis Cup Team
Tennis Ace Boris Becker to be Present at Kolkata 25k Marathon
Tennis Ace Boris Becker to be Present at Kolkata 25k Marathon
Show Comments
Advertisement