Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez was going for the whole thing in Rome today, but she and partner Nuria Llagostera Vives had to be content with runner-up trophies in the Italian Open doubles competition. Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, who won the title last week in Stuttgart, took the honors today in Rome, too. The Italian 6th seeds upset the Spanish 2nd seeds 6-4, 6-2.
It should be noted that while Pennetta's singles career has taken a dip lately, her doubles career is on fire. The opposite is true of Martinez Sanchez. She and Llagostera Vives were a very hot doubles team last year, but have not been able to find the same form this season.