Bio

Conchita MartinezInmaculada Concepción (“Conchita”) Martínez Bernat (born 16 April 1972) is a former professional tennis player from Monzón, Aragón, Spain. She is the only Spanish woman to have won the singles title at Wimbledon, when she beat Martina Navrátilová in the 1994 Women’s Singles. She also was the singles runner-up at the 1998 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open. Martinez is currently the tournament director at the Andalucia Tennis Experience.

Playing style

Martínez used extreme topspin on her forehand and slower topspin and slice on her backhand. She was a patient baseliner who won matches by disrupting her opponents’ rhythm through changes of spin, pace, depth, height, and angle.

Career

Born in Monzón, Martínez turned professional in 1988. At the age of just 16, she reached the fourth round at the French Open in her third professional tournament. She upset Lori McNeil en route. In 1989, her breakthrough year, Martínez beat Gabriela Sabatini to win the title at Tampa and won two other tournaments. She also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, losing to Steffi Graf. She finished the year World No. 7. In 1990 and 1991, Martínez won a further six titles and again reached the quarterfinals at the French Open both years (losing to Graf in 1990 and Monica Seles in 1991).

The following year, Martínez was a silver medalist in doubles at the Olympic Games in Barcelona (partnering Arantxa Sánchez Vicario) and the runner-up in women’s doubles at the French Open. Once again, she was a quarterfinalist at the French Open, losing a tight match with Sabatini. In 1992 she was runner up in Indian Wells and San Diego. In 1993, Martínez became the first Spanish woman since Lilí de Álvarez in 1928 to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon, where she lost to Graf 7–6, 6–3. Martínez beat Graf for the first & only time in her career, at a tournament in Philadelphia in the final. At the Italian Open, Martínez became the first Spaniard to win the tournament since de Álvarez in 1930. She again reached the quarterfinals at the French Open for the fifth year in a row, losing a 2 hour, 45 minute battle with Anke Huber 6–7, 6–4, 6–4.

Martínez reached the Wimbledon singles final in 1994 already beating Lindsay Davenport in the quarter final and Lori McNeil in the semi final where the third set went to 10–8, where she faced nine-time former Wimbledon champion Martina Navrátilová. Navrátilová’s last Wimbledon triumph had come four years earlier, but many observers felt that the 37 year-old Czech-born American was the favourite going into the match given her long track record of success on grass courts, whereas Martínez’s most significant tournament victories up to that time had been on slower-playing surfaces, particularly on clay courts. Martínez, however, won the match 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 and became the first Spanish woman ever to win Wimbledon. In 1995, Martínez was a semifinalist at all four Grand Slam tournaments and reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 2. In the Australian Open she beat Lindsay Davenport in the semi-final before losing to Mary Pierce in the semi-final. At Wimbledon, she beat Sabatini in the quarterfinals before losing to Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals. She also had a new coach that year, Carlos Kimayer.

 

In 1996, Martínez became the only player to win the Italian Open singles title four consecutive years. She also partnered Sánchez Vicario to claim a women’s doubles Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta, Georgia. Two years later, Martínez reached her second career Grand Slam singles final. She beat Lindsay Davenport in the semi-final in the Australian Open in 1998. She was defeated in the final of the Australian Open by Martina Hingis 6–3, 6–3. She also helped Spain win the Fed Cup that year, beating Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6–3, 2–6, 9–7 in 3 hours, 19 minutes in the final.

In January 2000 in the Australian Open Conchita Martinez beat Elena Likhovsteva in the quarter final after Likhovsteva twice failed to serve for the match to reach the semi-final where she was beaten by Martina Hingis. Martínez reached the final of the French Open in 2000, where she lost to Mary Pierce 6–2, 7–5 after beating Sánchez Vicario in a semifinal. She also won the German Open, beating Hingis in a semifinal and Amanda Coetzer in the final. In 2001, Martínez was a runner-up in the women’s doubles at the French Open (partnering Jelena Dokić). Martínez also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time in six years but lost to Justine Henin of Belgium. In 2003 Conchita reached her last grand slam quarter-final in the French Open losing to Kim Clijsters. Also that year she reached the final at Eastbourne losing to Chanda Rubin.

Martínez won her second Olympic silver medal in the women’s doubles in 2004 in Athens, Greece (partnering Virginia Ruano Pascual). In 2005, Martínez won her first singles title in five years at Pattaya, Thailand, bringing her career total to 33 top-level singles titles, 9 of which were Tier I events, and 13 doubles titles. On 15 April 2006, aged 33 and after 18 years of playing professionally, she announced her retirement, having won more professional singles tournaments than any other Spanish female tennis player.

In 2008 Conchita expressed her delight on seeing Rafael Nadal win the Men’s singles at Wimbledon saying It is a big boost for Spanish grass court tennis again with a Spanish player winning Wimbledon like after her win in Wimbledon in 1994

In 2008, 2009 and 2010 Conchita played at Wimbledon in the Ladies Invitations Doubles. In 2010 her partner in doubles was Nathalie Tauziat.

Career Stats

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 3 (1–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1994 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navrátilová 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 1998 Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2000 French Open Clay France Mary Pierce 6–2, 7–5

Doubles: 2 (0–2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1992 French Open Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Puerto Rico Gigi FernándezBelarus Natasha Zvereva 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2001 French Open Clay Serbia and Montenegro Jelena Dokić Spain Virginia Ruano PascualArgentina Paola Suárez 6–2, 6–1

WTA Tour Finals

WTA Tour Finals

Singles 55 (33–22)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1/2)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships
Tier I (9/4)
Tier II (7/10)
Tier III (5/4)
Tier IV & V (11/2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 8 August 1988 Bulgaria Sofia Hard (i) Austria Barbara Paulus 6–1, 6–2
Winner 2. 6 February 1989 New Zealand Wellington Hard Australia Jo-Anne Faull 6–1, 6–2
Winner 3. 17 April 1989 United States Tampa Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 1. 28 May 1989 Switzerland Geneva Clay Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6–4, 6–0
Winner 4. 11 September 1989 United States Phoenix Hard United States Elise Burgin 3–6, 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 22 October 1989 France Bayonne Hard (i) Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 6–2, 6–2
Winner 5. 17 September 1990 France Paris Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini 7–5, 6–3
Winner 6. 15 October 1990 United States Phoenix Hard United States Marianne Werdel 7–5, 6–1
Winner 7. 5 November 1990 United States Indianapolis Hard (i) Soviet Union Leila Meskhi 6–4, 6–2
Winner 8. 22 April 1991 Spain Barcelona Clay Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6–4, 6–1
Winner 9. 15 July 1991 Austria Kitzbühel Clay Austria Judith Wiesner 6–1, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 10. 16 September 1991 France Paris Clay Argentina Inés Gorrochategui 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 1 March 1992 United States Indian Wells Hard Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 4. 8 March 1992 United States Boca Raton Hard Germany Steffi Graf 3–6, 6–2, 6–0
Runner-up 5. 30 March 1992 United States Hilton Head Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–1, 6–4
Winner 11. 6 July 1992 Austria Kitzbühel Clay Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6–0, 3–6, 6–2
Runner-up 6. 24 August 1992 United States San Diego Hard United States Jennifer Capriati 6–3, 6–2
Winner 12. 4 January 1993 Australia Brisbane Hard Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 7. 28 February 1993 Austria Linz Carpet Switzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6–2, 1–0 ret.
Winner 13. 22 March 1993 United States Houston Clay Germany Sabine Hack 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 19 April 1993 Spain Barcelona Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 6–4
Winner 14. 3 May 1993 Italy Rome Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 7–5, 6–1
Winner 15. 26 July 1993 United States Stratton Mountain Hard United States Zina Garrison 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 31 October 1993 Germany Essen Carpet Ukraine Natalia Medvedeva 6–7(4), 7–5, 6–4
Winner 16. 8 November 1993 United States Philadelphia Carpet Germany Steffi Graf 6–3, 6–3
Winner 17. 28 March 1994 United States Hilton Head Clay Belarus Natasha Zvereva 6–4, 6–0
Winner 18. 2 May 1994 Italy Rome Clay United States Martina Navratilova 7–6(4), 6–4
Winner 19. 20 June 1994 United Kingdom Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 20. 31 July 1994 United States Stratton Mountain Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 12 March 1995 United States Delray Beach Hard Germany Steffi Graf 6–2, 6–4
Winner 21. 27 March 1995 United States Hilton Head Clay Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva 6–1, 6–1
Winner 22. 3 April 1995 United States Amelia Island Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6–1, 6–4
Winner 23. 1 May 1995 Germany Hamburg Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–1, 6–0
Winner 24. 8 May 1995 Italy Rome Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–3, 6–1
Winner 25. 31 July 1995 United States San Diego Hard United States Lisa Raymond 6–2, 6–0
Winner 26. 7 August 1995 United States Manhattan Beach Hard United States Chanda Rubin 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 16 March 1996 United States Indian Wells Hard Germany Steffi Graf 7–6(5), 7–6(5)
Runner-up 12. 29 April 1996 Germany Hamburg Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 4–6, 7–6(4), 6–0
Winner 27. 6 May 1996 Italy Rome Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–2, 6–3
Winner 28. 28 October 1996 Russia Moscow Carpet Austria Barbara Paulus 6–1, 4–6, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 11 May 1997 Italy Rome Clay France Mary Pierce 6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 14. 27 July 1997 United States Stanford Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 15. 31 January 1998 Australia Australian Open Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 16. 12 April 1998 United States Amelia Island Clay France Mary Pierce 6–7(8), 6–0, 6–2
Winner 29. 11 May 1998 Germany Berlin Clay France Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 6–4
Winner 30. 13 July 1998 Poland Warsaw Clay Italy Silvia Farina Elia 6–0, 6–3
Winner 31. 12 July 1999 Poland Sopot Clay Slovakia Karina Habšudová 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 3 January 2000 Australia Gold Coast Hard Croatia Silvija Talaja 6–0, 0–6, 6–4
Runner-up 18. 16 April 2000 United States Amelia Island Clay United States Monica Seles 6–3, 6–2
Winner 32. 8 May 2000 Germany Berlin Clay South Africa Amanda Coetzer 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 10 June 2000 France French Open Clay France Mary Pierce 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 20. 29 September 2002 Indonesia Bali Hard Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 3–6, 7–6(5), 7–5
Runner-up 21. 21 June 2003 United Kingdom Eastbourne Grass United States Chanda Rubin 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 22. 12 April 2004 United States Charleston Clay United States Venus Williams 2–6, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 33. 31 January 2005 Thailand Pattaya Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles 41 (13–22)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/2)
Olympic Gold (0/2)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (5/9)
Tier II (5/10)
Tier III (2/3)
Tier IV & V (1/2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 8 August 1988 Bulgaria Sofia Hard (i) Austria Barbara Paulus Croatia Sabrina GolešBulgaria Katerina Maleeva 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 17 July 1989 Portugal Estoril Clay Argentina Gabriela Castro Czech Republic Iva BudařováCzech Republic Regina Rajchrtová 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 2 March 1992 United States Boca Raton Hard United States Linda Wild Latvia Larisa NeilandBelarus Natasha Zvereva 6–2, 6–2
Winner 2. 20 April 1992 Spain Barcelona Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario France Nathalie TauziatAustria Judith Wiesner 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 3. 25 May 1992 France French Open Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Puerto Rico Gigi FernándezBelarus Natasha Zvereva 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 28 July 1992 International Olympic Committee Olympic Games Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Mary Joe FernándezPuerto Rico Gigi Fernández 7–5, 2–6, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 24 August 1992 United States San Diego Hard Argentina Mercedes Paz Czech Republic Jana NovotnáLatvia Larisa Neiland 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 19 October 1992 United Kingdom Brighton Carpet Slovakia Radka Zrubáková Latvia Larisa NeilandCzechoslovakia Jana Novotná 6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 7. 15 November 1992 United States Philadelphia Carpet France Mary Pierce Puerto Rico Gigi FernándezBelarus Natasha Zvereva 6–1, 6–3
Winner 3. 4 January 1993 Australia Brisbane Hard Latvia Larisa Neiland United States Kimberly PoUnited States Shannan McCarthy 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 22 February 1993 Austria Linz Carpet Austria Judith Wiesner Russia Eugenia ManiokovaGeorgia (country) Leila Meskhi walkover
Winner 4. 25 April 1993 Spain Barcelona Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Bulgaria Magdalena MaleevaSwitzerland Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 4–6, 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 9. 14 November 1993 United States Philadelphia Carpet Latvia Larisa Neiland Netherlands Manon BollegrafUnited States Katrina Adams 6–2, 4–6, 7–6(7)
Runner-up 10. 25 July 1994 United States Stratton Mountain Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Pam ShriverAustralia Elizabeth Smylie 7–6(4), 2–6, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 7 May 1995 Germany Hamburg Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini Puerto Rico Gigi FernándezSwitzerland Martina Hingis 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 12. 14 May 1995 Italy Rome Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini United States Gigi FernándezBelarus Natalia Zvereva 3–6, 7–6(3), 6–4
Winner 5. 19 August 1996 United States San Diego Hard Puerto Rico Gigi Fernández Spain Arantxa Sánchez VicarioLatvia Larisa Neiland 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 13. 11 May 1997 Italy Rome Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini United States Nicole ArendtNetherlands Manon Bollegraf 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 27 July 1997 United States Stanford Hard Argentina Patricia Tarabini United States Lindsay DavenportSwitzerland Martina Hingis 6–1, 6–3
Winner 6. 5 April 1998 United States Hilton Head Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini United States Lisa RaymondAustralia Rennae Stubbs 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Winner 7. 5 April 1999 United States Amelia Island Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini United States Lisa RaymondAustralia Rennae Stubbs 7–5, 0–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 26 September 1999 Japan Tokyo Hard Argentina Patricia Tarabini South Africa Amanda CoetzerAustralia Jelena Dokić 6–7(5), 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 15. 23 April 2000 United States Hilton Head Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini Spain Virginia Ruano PascualArgentina Paola Suárez 7–5, 6–3
Winner 9. 14 May 2000 Germany Berlin Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario United States Corina MorariuSouth Africa Amanda Coetzer 3–6, 6–2, 7–6(7)
Winner 10. 15 April 2001 United States Amelia Island Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini United States Martina NavratilovaSpain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 28 May 2001 France French Open Clay Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena Dokić Spain Virginia Ruano PascualArgentina Paola Suárez 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 17. 7 April 2002 United States Sarasota Clay Belgium Els Callens Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jelena DokićRussia Elena Likhovtseva 6–7(5), 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 18. 19 May 2002 Italy Rome Clay Argentina Patricia Tarabini Spain Virginia Ruano PascualArgentina Paola Suárez 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 19. 28 July 2002 United States Stanford Hard Slovakia Janette Husárová Australia Rennae StubbsUnited States Lisa Raymond 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 20. 12 January 2003 Australia Sydney Hard Australia Rennae Stubbs Belgium Kim ClijstersJapan Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 21. 13 April 2003 United States Charleston Clay Slovakia Janette Husárová Spain Virginia Ruano PascualArgentina Paola Suárez 6–0, 6–3
Winner 11. 28 February 2004 United Arab Emirates Dubai Hard Slovakia Janette Husárová Russia Svetlana KuznetsovaRussia Elena Likhovtseva 6–0, 1–6, 6–3
Runner-up 22. 5 March 2004 Qatar Doha Hard Slovakia Janette Husárová Russia Svetlana KuznetsovaRussia Elena Likhovtseva 7–6(4), 6–2
Runner-up 23. 3 May 2004 Germany Berlin Clay Slovakia Janette Husárová Russia Nadia PetrovaUnited States Meghann Shaughnessy 6–2, 2–6, 6–1
Runner-up 24. 19 July 2004 United States Los Angeles Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Russia Nadia PetrovaUnited States Meghann Shaughnessy 6–7(2), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 25. 22 August 2004 International Olympic Committee Olympic Games Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual China Sun TiantianChina Li Ting 6–3, 6–3
Winner 12. 17 April 2005 United States Charleston Clay Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Czech Republic Iveta BenešováCzech Republic Květa Peschke 6–1, 6–4
Winner 13. 7 August 2005 United States San Diego Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Slovakia Daniela HantuchováJapan Ai Sugiyama 6–7(7), 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 26. 15 August 2005 Canada Toronto Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Germany Anna-Lena GrönefeldUnited States Martina Navrátilová 5–7, 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 27. 9 October 2005 Thailand Bangkok Hard Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Japan Shinobu AsagoeArgentina Gisela Dulko 6–1, 7–5
Runner-up 28. 30 October 2005 Austria Linz Hard (i) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual Argentina Gisela DulkoCzech Republic Květa Peschke 6–2, 6–3

Olympic Games

Doubles: 3 finals (2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 1992 Barcelona Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez United States Gigi Fernández
United States Mary Joe Fernandez
5–7, 6–2, 2–6
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6–3, 6–1
Silver 2004 Athens Hard Spain Virginia Ruano China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
3–6, 3–6

Singles performance timeline

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Career SR
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R A A 4R 4R QF SF QF 4R F 3R SF 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 15
French Open 4R QF QF QF QF QF SF SF SF 4R 4R QF F 3R 2R QF 2R 1R 0 / 18
Wimbledon A A A A 2R SF W SF 4R 3R 3R 3R 2R QF 3R 3R 1R 3R 1 / 14
U.S. Open 1R 4R 3R QF 1R 4R 3R SF SF 3R 4R 4R 3R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 0 / 17
SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 64
Year-End Championship
Virginia Slims or Chase Championships A 1R QF 1R QF QF QF QF QF 1R 1R 1R QF A A A A A 0 / 12
WTA Tier I Tournaments
Rome QF SF A W W W W F 3R 3R A SF 2R QF 3R QF 4 / 14
Berlin QF A A SF A A A 3R W 3R W QF 2R 1R 1R 3R 2 / 11
Charleston QF A F A W W SF SF 2R 3R SF SF 2R 3R F 1R 2 / 14
Philadelphia Not Tier I or Was Not Held W 1R QF Not Tier I or Was Not Held 1 / 3
Boca Raton 2R F Not Tier I or Was Not Held 0 / 2
San Diego Not Tier I or Was Not Held 3R 1R 0 / 2
Tokyo Not Tier I or Was Not Held A A QF SF QF A A A A A A A A 0 / 3
Moscow Not Tier I or Was Not Held SF QF 1R A A A A A A 0 / 3
Miami A A SF A A A A A A A 4R 3R 4R A 2R A A A 0 / 5
Montreal/Toronto A A A A A A A SF QF 3R SF A A A A 3R 0 / 5
Zurich Not Tier I or Was Not Held A A A 2R A 2R A A A SF 1R A 1R 0 / 5
Indian Wells Not Tier I or Was Not Held F QF QF 3R QF 2R 2R SF QF QF 0 / 10
Chicago A Not Tier I or Was Not Held 0 / 0
Career statistics
Tournaments Won 1 3 3 3 1 5 4 6 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 33
Year End Ranking 40 7 11 9 8 4 3 2 5 12 8 15 5 35 34 18 42 32 N/A


A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

– = tournament either not held or was not classified as a Tier I event on the Women’s Tennis Association tour at the time it was held.