Conchita Martinez whose real name is Inmaculada Concepción Martínez Bernat was a former professional tennis player who hails from Monzon, Aragon in Spain. Martinez was born on April 16, 1972. She turned professional in 1988 at the age of 17. At that same year she reached the fourth round at the French Open in her then, third professional tournament. It was in 1989, when she got her breakthrough for beating Gabriela Sabatini. She finished the year as World No. 7 in the rankings.
Martinez’s playing techniques included extreme topspin on her forehand and does a slower topspin and slice on her backhand. Her trademark also included that of a patient baseliner, who has proven her victory by disrupting her opponent’s rhythm through the shifting of pace, spin, height angle and depth. Martinez was also known for expending plenty of time and energy, to secure the ball with which she had just gotten an ace in the previous point, so she can serve it again, this was a major irritant to her opponents.
One of her career highlights was that he was the only Spanish woman to win the singles title at the Wimbledon, after beating Martina Navratilova, at the Women’s Singles in ‘94. She was also the singles runner up in the 1998 Australian Open and at the French Open in 2000.
It was on April 15, 2006, and at the age of 33 and after 18 years of playing tennis professionally, she announced her retirement. She has won a lot of professional single tournaments than any other female Spanish tennis player.