Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez wins Hansol Korea Open for first hardcourt title

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Spain’s world No.36 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat Galina Voskoboeva in the final of the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul and won her first career title on a surface other than clay.

Both the players won all their matches in straight sets en route to the final, in which the sixth-seeded Martinez Sanchez decisively won two tiebreaks to defeat the first-time Kazakh WTA finalist 7-6(0) 7-6(2). In the second set the 29-year-old Martinez Sanchez saved three set points before the tiebreak.

Players that Martinez Sanchez defeated in Seoul: Irina Falconi in the first round, Kristyna Pliskova in the second, third seed Julia Goerges in the quarters, Klara Zakopalova in the semis, and finally unseeded world No.82 Voskoboeva, who had reached her first WTA final four at Baku in July.

The previous four WTA titles Martinez Sanchez won: Bogota and Bastad in 2009, Rome in 2010 and Bad Gastein this year in July.

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