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May 9, 2010

Martinez Sanchez stuns Jankovic in Rome final

ROME (Reuters) – Unseeded Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez produced a major surprise by beating world number seven Jelena Jankovic 7-6 7-5 in the Italian Open final Saturday.

“I’m so happy to have won in Rome,” Martinez Sanchez told a news conference. “It hasn’t sunk in. There are so many emotions.”

May 8, 2010

Tennis-Martinez Sanchez stuns Jankovic in Rome final

ROME, May 8 (Reuters) – Unseeded Spaniard Maria Jose
Martinez Sanchez produced a major surprise by beating world
number seven Jelena Jankovic 7-6 7-5 in the Italian Open final
on Saturday.

The Serb, who frequently looked bewildered by her opponent’s
unorthodox style, pulled back from 4-1 down in the first set and
had a set point on serve at 6-5 before losing the tiebreak.

May 8, 2010

Tough run has left Ivanovic fearless of defeat

ROME (Reuters) – Two years in the tennis wilderness has not been all bad for Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one says it has helped her get over her fear of failure.

The 22-year-old Ivanovic has won just one Tier II tournament since her breakthrough grand slam victory at the French Open in 2008, falling to number 58 in the world, but she showed promising signs by reaching the last four at the Italian Open this week.

May 8, 2010

Tennis-Tough run has left Ivanovic fearless of defeat

ROME, May 8 (Reuters) – Two years in the tennis wilderness
has not been all bad for Ana Ivanovic, the former world number
one says it has helped her get over her fear of failure.

The 22-year-old Ivanovic has won just one Tier II
tournament since her breakthrough grand slam victory at the
French Open in 2008, falling to number 58 in the world, but she
showed promising signs by reaching the last four at the Italian
Open this week.

May 7, 2010

Tennis-’Apple in throat’ costs Serena final place

ROME, May 7 (Reuters) – Serena Williams blamed an “apple in
her throat” for her failure to reach the final of the Italian
Open after Jelena Jankovic came back from the brink against the
American on Friday.

Jankovic saved a match point before pulling off a thrilling
4-6 6-3 7-6 win over the world number one to set up a showdown
with Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, a 6-4 6-2 winner over
former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic.

May 7, 2010

Jankovic saves match point, sends Serena packing

ROME (Reuters) – Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic saved a match point before pulling off a thrilling 4-6 6-3 7-6 win over world number one Serena Williams to reach the final of the Italian Open Friday.

Williams, playing her first tournament since winning January’s Australian Open after a knee injury, squandered a match point while leading 5-4.

May 7, 2010

Tennis-Jankovic saves match point, sends Serena packing

ROME, May 7 (Reuters) – Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic saved a
match point before pulling off a thrilling 4-6 6-3 7-6 win over
world number one Serena Williams to reach the final of the
Italian Open on Friday.

Williams, playing her first tournament since winning
January’s Australian Open after a knee injury, squandered a
match point while leading 5-4.

May 6, 2010

Tennis-Serena dusts off rust, Venus thrashed

ROME, May 6 (Reuters) – Serena Williams showed little
ill-effect from her long layoff with a knee injury as she
powered past Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-1 6-4 to reach the
Italian Open semi-finals on Thursday.

But the fans were denied an all-Williams semi-final showdown
as her sister Venus, also returning from injury, was whipped 6-0
6-1 in under an hour by Jelena Jankovic.

May 6, 2010

Serena dusts off rust to power into Rome semis

ROME (Reuters) – Serena Williams showed little ill-effect from her long layoff with a knee injury as she powered into the semi-finals of the Italian Open Thursday.

The American world number one, playing her first tournament since winning January’s Australian Open, produced a display of power and panache to dispatch Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-1 6-4.

May 6, 2010

Tennis-Serena dusts off rust to power into Rome semis

ROME, May 6 (Reuters) – Serena Williams showed little
ill-effect from her long layoff with a knee injury as she
powered into the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.

The American world number one, playing her first tournament
since winning January’s Australian Open, produced a display of
power and panache to dispatch Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-1 6-4.