Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez Beats Serena Williams

May 30, 2009

Serena Williams accused opponent Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of cheating after losing in Saturday’s tennis match. Check out pictures and video here.

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Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez is Serena Williams Loss

Although Serena Williams claims that she doesn’t like drama, it seems that the tennis star can’t escape it. The elite tennis player said this on Saturday:

“I’m like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama, and everyone in the house hates them because no matter what they do, like, drama follows them. I don’t want to be that girl.”

It all started when Williams was seemingly over matched by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the first set, but came back with a remarkable turn of events to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 reaching the fourth round.

Williams was furious with Martinez Sanchez after a controversial point in the first set. Sanchez hit a backhand drop shot, which Williams hammered back at her head. Martinez Sanchez shielded her face with her hands, and replays depict the ball smacking against her right wrist, and then ricocheting over the net. The point was mistakenly called in Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez favor, giving her a 3-2 lead.

Williams, had a birds eye view of what had happened, and she didn’t hesitate to argue the call with umpire Emmanuel Joseph. She even went as far as using the word “cheating” in her conversation with him.

Serena Williams lashed out about the controversial call saying:

“I didn’t think the ball touched her, it did hit her. In the rules of tennis when the ball hits your body, you lose the point.”

Then she went on to say:

“I would never have done that. I’ve never sunk [that] low. I would never do that to anyone on this tour.”

Not finished with her outrage, Serena then tweeted:

“I hit that ball rather hard — she knew it,” Williams said. “Be honest. She wouldn’t even look at me. I have no respect for anyone who plays a professional game and doesn’t play professionally.”

What do you think about the call was it a fair? Should instant replay be incorporated into the game of tennis? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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6 Responses to “Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez Beats Serena Williams”

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    jaz80 Says:

    First, I would like to know how you know the ball was aimed at Sanchez’s head. Were you inside Williams’ head.
    If answering the questions from the reporters such as, do you think the ball hit her? which received the first “lashing out” answer you quoted, or do you think she didn’t know the ball hit her? for the last quote you misrepresented. The rules are what they are and should be followed. What was the ref looking at? I think instant replay should be used. Refs are human and players want to win, so replay will keep the game honest. All we need next is something to make reporters report what happened and not make up things to have a better story.

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    austin tx personal trainers Says:

    The classy thing to do would be for Martinez Sanchez to admit her mistake.

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    thoms3 Says:

    This drama thing is spent up by the AP. Secondly, it was a bad call, we all see that, and the fact that she didn’t admit it means she cheated. Reporters are trying to bring drama, YES INSTANT REPLAY … YES YES… we have all this technology and no one wants to use it.

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    Viveka Babajee Says:

    Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez is a BIG FAT LIAR. She just can’t admit that fact and deep down in her pathetic lying heart, she knows it. The bad thing is the st*pid umpire can’t even enforce the rule. A rule is a rule, it should be upheld. This has happened to me before while playing tennis and I was quick to give the point to my opponent. I say we use instant replays like in the other grand slams.

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    Steve Arkwright Says:

    It’s entirely possible that Maria Jose wasn’t aware whether or not the ball hit her arm/wrist in all the excitement of avoiding the ball Serena clearly aimed right at her. Replay your recordings.

    The umpire gave two ‘benefit of the doubts’, he could have both given both a warning for ‘unsporting’ conduct AND awarded the point to Serena. Which is the lesser?

    Let’s all be honest here, the vast majority of the WTA players have had to put up with Serena’s cheating ways for years, so it’s really rich of her to cry ‘foul’ when she is, in fact, the world’s worst offender.

    Instant replays and ‘video umpires’ aren’t as instant as you may think – check out the NFL. Up to two minute delays whilst a call/challenge is sorted out will kill momentum and rhythm, and therefore our entertainment.

    Just accept that there will be some bad calls due to human error but be grateful that they are increasingly rare these days.

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    alkh3myst Says:

    Steve Arkwright, it’s sad indeed when someone is so cowardly that they have to make up a reason to dislike an athlete. You know you are lying. Serena Williams is not a cheater. Why don’t you share the TRUE reason for harboring such venom, and making this poisonous comment?