Martinez Sanchez wins tennis Hansol Korea Open

Seoul: Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat Kazakhstan`s Galina Voskoboeva in the final of the USD 220,000 Hansol Korea Open to win her fifth WTA title.

The 29-year-old Martinez Sanchez defeated Voskoboeva, a first-time WTA finalist, 7-6, 7-6 to win her first hardcourt tournament on the WTA and USD 37,000 in prize money.

The two players had marched to the final without losing a set on the way, with the unseeded Voskoboeva producing two upsets when she put out eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova and fifth seed Polona Hercog.

But the sixth-seeded Spaniard prevailed on Sunday with her tricky left-handed serve and outstanding net play.

She blanked the 26-year-old Kazakh 7-0 in the first set tie-break, then held off three set points to take the second set to a tiebreak, and rolled through that one 7-2.

Sunday`s two-hour showdown was the sixth WTA final for Martinez Sanchez but her first on a hard court.

She is also the first Spaniard to win a WTA title on the surface since Anabel Medina Garrigues won the Canberra International in Australia in January 2006.

Martinez Sanchez` first five finals, of which she won four, were all on clay.

Bureau Report