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Even the earliest documents of the Peninsula, pre-dating Castilian--then only one of the official languages of the land-contain a sense of the mass of people and cultures at once beckoningly and dangerously lurking beyond the Strait of Gibraltar and, more importantly, beyond the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.
The top half of the women's draw opened up beckoningly when top-seeded Martina Hingis was ejected in the first round, and Conchita Martinez has taken full advantage.