After Conchita Martinez's semifinal win at the Toshiba Tennis Classic, she was given a good-luck charm bracelet by a ball boy.
The way the fourth-ranked Martinez played in Sunday's final against Lisa Raymond, the bracelet wasn't necessary.A combination of Martinez's sensational passing shots and shaky play by Raymond added up to a 6-2, 6-0 victory for Martinez.
"I'm playing much better," said Martinez, who struggled in her earlier matches here.
The 10-year-old ball boy obviously believed in Martinez, too.
He approached Martinez while she was watching a doubles match Saturday. Martinez said the ball boy told her he had used "all my savings" to buy the bracelet for good luck.
"My heart was just broken," Martinez said. "Such a nice kid."
At Los Angeles, second-seeded Michael Stich of Germany outlasted Sweden's Thomas Enqvist 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the championship of the $328,000 Infiniti Open.
In Kitzbuehel, Austria, Alberto Costa of Spain handed Austrian Thomas Muster a rare clay court loss to win the Austrian Open 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4.