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06
Apr
11

Stosur opts out of Aussie Fed Cup team.

Samantha Stosur will miss the tie, which will be held at Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club, Mount Waverley, to better prepare for the clay-court season. Samantha Stosur said it has been a really tough decision to not play with the girls next week. “I love representing Australia and it has been difficult to prioritise my immediate schedule. But it is extremely important to me to focus on the clay-court season and get the best possible preparation for the French Open.” “I am confident though that we will still field a very strong team for this tie given the depth of talent we are developing in women’s tennis in Australia.”

Jarmila Groth (No.29), Jelena Dokic (No.64), Anastasia Rodionova (No.74) and Sophie Ferguson (No.124) will represent Australia in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie against Ukraine on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2011.

“We are obviously disappointed that our No.1 player, Sam, will not be coming home for this tie but we respect her decision and I have faith in the other girls to get us back to the elite eight,” Taylor said. “Jarmila, Jelena and Anastasia are all in the top 100 players and Sophie also has the potential to also break into the top 100 women with a few strong performances. “Jelena has made a remarkable start to 2011 with a WTA title win in Kuala Lumpur, her first since 2002 and a quarterfinal appearance in Paris where she lost to Kim Clijsters. “She is also a proven Fed Cup performer, with a 13-3 win-loss record; and Jarmila and Anastasia have had amazing Fed Cup debuts beating much higher ranked players – Jarmila over Italian Francesca Schiavone last February in Hobart and Anastasia over Alona Bondarenko this time last year in Ukraine.

“Sophie, who will be representing the Fed Cup team for the first time since 2005, recorded a career high of No.109 in July last year and her favourite surface is clay. She made her best ever Grand Slam result at the French Open when she qualified and made the second round last year . “We have a lot of depth in the women’s team and with all four girls capable of strong performances Nicole [Bradtke] and I have some hard decisions to make leading into the tie. “With Sam absent is it a real opportunity for someone to step-up and lead the team. She has helped us get to this point but now there is the opportunity for someone else to fill this space.

“The Ukraine team are never an easy opponent and I expect them to come out fighting but the Australian girls have worked really hard to get into the World Group and I know they are keen to prove they belong there. It should be a great tie.”

 

 

 

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08
Mar
11

$100,000 Bahamas Womens Open set for next week.

This is the first professional tennis tournament to be held in The Bahamas. Plans are now underway to expand the tournament, to include a men’s draw in the future.

Already entered are Aussie’s Jarmila Groth and Jelena Dokic, fresh off of her first WTA victory in 9 years in last week’s WTA event in Malaysia. There are 25 players in the main draw so far. Of the 25 players, three are wildcard entries. These wildcard players  Sabine Lisicki and Alexandra Stevenson. Lisicki and Stevenson are from Germany and the United States of America respectively.

Jamila Groth of Australia. Groth is ranked number 31 in the world and is expected to be the top seed. Following closely behind, in the world rankings list, is Tsvetana Pironkova of Belgium. She is expected to play as the  tournament’s number two seed while Anastasija Sevastova and Ekaterina Makarova are expected to be number three and four respectively.

Olander said: “We have a very strong field. To have so many top players in the world want to come to The Bahamas to play in the tournament, this is unprecedented.

06
Feb
11

Italy was just too good for the Aussies, as Stosur fails to win a point.

World No. 4 Francesca Schiavone defeated No. 5 Samantha Stosur 76(1) 36 75 in a rematch of the 2010 Roland Garros Final then Flavia Pennetta, who won the decisive point over USA in last year’s final, secured victory for Italy by defeating Fed Cup debutante Jarmila Groth 63 62 to give Italy an unassailable 3-1 lead and set up a semifinal encounter against either France or Russia in the 2011 Fed Cup.

In the doubles, Italy’s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci came back from one set down to defeat the Australians Anastasia Rodionova and Rennae Stubbs 26 76(1) 64. It was a historic doubles match for both team as Vinci won her 16th consecutive doubles without a loss, tying a Fed Cup record, while the veteran Stubbs completed her professional tennis career. It was the Australian’s 17th year in the competition and she was honoured in an emotional ceremony on the court.

Schiavone set up the victory by beating Stosur in two hours 44 minutes and then Pennetta took just 66 minutes to defeat Groth. Stosur had her fair share of chances in the match which would have put Australia in a very good position. In the first set, she had three break points in the ninth game which, if converted, would have seen her serving for the set. The Australian then played a terrible tiebreak which ended when she sent a forehand into the net. Pennetta opened up a 4-1 lead in the first set but then dropped serve and allowed Groth, who played her first Fed Cup for Australia on Saturday, a slight opening. The Australian closed to within one game but Pennetta then broke serve again to go up 5-3 and serving out the set. The Italian jumped to a quick lead in the second set and her greater experience in the competition paid huge dividends. Groth certainly tried to make inroads but to no avail as Pennetta stuck the ball so crisply.

“Yesterday we could have been 2-0 or 0-2, so we are happy to have won 3-1,” Pennetta said. “It was tough for everyone because both teams are so good. You have to be ready for everything. Everyone played really good tennis and there wasn’t much difference but you have to believe you can win.” The win is Pennetta’s 20th singles win in fourteen Fed Cup by BNP Paribas ties and also her 10th consecutive singles win in the competition. The last time she lost a singles was in April, 2009 to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 60 63 in the World Group semifinals.

As for Groth, it’s been a big weekend experiencing the highs and lows this competition brings. “Obviously I am disappointed I lost (to Pennetta) but all the matches this weekend were good,” Groth said. “I think against Flavia I tried to play too much of her style. I didn’t serve very well and she didn’t give me too many mistakes. She won the crucial points.” Earlier Schiavone was overwhelming in the first set tiebreak against Stosur. However, Stosur broke Schiavone in the fourth game of the second and maintained that advantage to level the match even after a rain interruption distracted the two women for about 15 minutes. The final set was the cruncher for Australia. Stosur had five break points in the third game and failed to capitalise. Schiavone said that was a crucial moment in the match.

“She played terrible those points,” Schiavone said. “I think then that I have the chance and the end of the match is not far away and I was able to push things some more. “I think the difference in the match was that I had more chances. I never played same shot too many times. I mix it up so much and I always offer something with my tennis.” Schiavone added that she has been playing more aggressively against Stosur of late. This is her second win from the last three matches against the Australian. Stosur meanwhile was disappointed with some of her play and said she “didn’t make it happen”. “It might have been different if I had an early break because I was holding my serve confidently,” Stosur said. “I was getting the opportunities and not being able to take them. I couldn’t quite get the edge.”

05
Feb
11

Australia and two-time defending champions Italy are locked at 1-1 after a thrilling first day of their Fed Cup quarterfinal in Hobart.

Jarmila Groth continued her dream summer to give Australia the early advantage with a spirited comeback victory over world No.4 Francesca Schiavone before Flavia Pennetta preserved her perfect record against world No.5 Samantha Stosur to level the best-of-five-match tie. In an extraordinary two-and-a-half-hour encounter, Groth rallied from a set and service break down to prevail 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 over Schiavone, the reigning French Open champion. After clawing her way back from 0-2 and 15-40 in the second set, Groth held her nerve following a dramatic 13-minute rain delay at the most critical stage of the match to claim the biggest win of her career. One minute, Groth had three match points with Schiavone serving at 3-5 and love-40 in the deciding set.

A minute later, Schiavone was rushing off court at game point up after an untimely sun shower hit the picturesque Domain Tennis Centre. But, not to be denied, Groth returned to finish Schiavone off when the Italian dumped a forehand volley into the net while trying to save a fifth match point. “It’s my first singles in Fed Cup, so it’s also very important and very exciting and I happened to beat someone who is ranked four in the world, which is amazing,” Groth said. “It’s one of the great wins for me and I couldn’t ask for a better start.” Groth’s watershed victory came on the very same court that the 23-year-old claimed her maiden title in Australia three weeks ago. Groth also upset Stosur last month in Brisbane and arrived in Hobart enjoying a career-high world No.31 ranking. A renowned fighter, Schiavone herself last month won the longest women’s match in Grand Slam history, a four-hour, 44-minute epic against Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Australian Open. But Stosur’s Roland Garros final conqueror was unable to match Groth’s firepower once the Slovak-born Aussie found her range in the second and third sets.

Stosur and Pennetta entered their pivotal clash both riding long winning streaks in the competition, the Australian having won 11-straight matches over the past two years and the Italian unbeaten in her past eight encounters during the same period. Pennetta, though, held a clear psychological edge having never dropped a set in three previous meetings with Stosur. And the world No.16 used her mental hold to squeeze out a tense 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-4 success that left the tie evenly poised heading into Sunday’s reverse singles and potentially decisive doubles match. Stosur could have won in straight sets, but was unable to serve out the first from 5-3 up nor the second from 5-4 in front.

In a rematch of their French Open decider, Stosur plays Schiavone in the opening reverse singles rubber before Groth takes on Pennetta for the first time since their only career encounter in Toronto four years ago. Australian captain David Taylor has named dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anastasia Rodionova to partner veteran Rennae Stubbs in the doubles against Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani. But team captains have until 15 minutes after the fourth singles rubber to change their line-ups and Taylor hasn’t ruled out drafting in Stosur, a multiple grand slam doubles champion with a 6-0 win-loss record in Cup doubles matches.

04
Feb
11

Aussie’s need two wins from Stosur if they expect to defeat Italy.

Saturday

R1: Jarmila Groth (AUS) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

R2: Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

Sunday

R3: Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

R4: Jarmila Groth (AUS) v Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

R5: Anastasia Rodianova / Rennae Stubbs (AUS) v Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci (ITA)

Australia is playing in the World Group for the first time since 2004, having defeated Ukraine 5-0 in last year’s play-off round, and is fielding its strongest team in years with Samantha Stosur and Jarmila Groth leading the squad. Italy, meanwhile, has won seven consecutive ties and is spearheaded by its Grand Slam winner and marathon woman Francesca Schiavone and 2011 Australian Open doubles champion Flavia Pennetta. The draw for the weekend was announced and opening the weekend will be Groth in her Fed Cup debut playing Schiavone, then Stosur plays Pennetta.

“I’m very excited and I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time, since I was nominated to the team,” Groth said. “It’s great to be part of such a great team and I will try to do my best and help them to a really good start. “Playing Francesca will be very tough. She is a great player and has had great results like winning a Grand Slam, and it will be an honour to play her which I haven’t done before.” The reverse singles on Sunday has the eagerly awaited match between world No. 5 Stosur and the new world No.4 Schiavone; their most celebrated match being last year’s French Open final won by the Italian. “To be No.4 it was a lot of hard work but I was ready to go up and take the big trophy and get big satisfaction,” Schiavone said. “Now it’s time to enjoy and to keep going up. I never stop and I never want to. I want to keep going forward like a baby, curious to know more and more and more.”

After that Groth, who won the singles title on this very court three weeks ago, plays Pennetta and then the doubles will feature Australian veteran Rennae Stubbs, in potentially the last match of her career, teaming with Anastasia Rodionova to play Italy’s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. The Italian duo, like Groth, posted a title win in the doubles here a few weeks ago. Errani has a 15-0 record in Fed Cup doubles for Italy and will be a difficult opponent for the Aussies.

15
Jan
11

Jarmila Groth wins in Hobart and takes center stage on opening night at the Aussie Open.

Australia’s Jarmila Groth will play the opening night match of this year’s Australian Open on Rod Laver Arena, after Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki take centre stage during the day. Groth, the world No.40, who won the Hobart international today, faces 21st-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer on Monday night. Earlier, 2008 Open champion Sharapova will play the first match of the tournament on the main showcase court, against Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn. Danish world No.1 Wozniacki will meet Argentina’s Gisela Dulko in the following match, before Federer begins his title defence against Slovak Lukas Lacko.

Men’s world No.1 Rafael Nadal will not start his quest for a fourth consecutive grand slam title until Tuesday, which should benefit the Spanish star, who is recovering from illness. Along with Groth, Australians in action on Monday include Jelena Dokic, who will meet Czech Zuzana Ondraskova on Margaret Court Arena, before Peter Luczak takes on Croatian 17th seed Ivan Ljubicic. Australia’s top singles hope, Samantha Stosur, and top men’s singles hope, Lleyton Hewitt, will both begin their campaigns on Tuesday.

04
Jan
11

Sam Stosur fails again at home as Groth wins in 78 minutes.

Jarmila Groth reeled off the final five games to bundle stunned top seed Samantha Stosur out of the Brisbane International on Tuesday night. Groth used her giant serve to slay her fellow Fed Cup squad member, the world No.6 suffering a blow to her Australian Open preparations with a 6-2 6-4 defeat in 78 minutes. The 23-year-old Melburnian sent down seven aces in the opening set and nine for the match to potentially set up an all-Australian quarterfinal clash with Jelena Dokic, who on Wednesday faces German Andrea Petkovic.

After an ugly start to the match in which she lost her first two service games and ultimately the set 6-2, Stosur staged the fightback you would expect from a top seed. She broke the world No.42 in the second game of the second set as she opened up a dominant 4-1 lead. The match seemed all but destined for a third and deciding set before a dramatic change came across the clash. Groth punished Stosur’s second serve while also stepping up her own service game to reel off five straight games and win the match with the second of three set points.

Stosur’s tale of woe was clear in the statistics. She won just eight of 23 second service points in the second set and paltry 10 of 35 for the match. The win will be a huge confidence boost for Groth, who is not seeded at the tournament, while it has also opened up the main draw following the demise of second seed Shahar Peer on Tuesday. Groth has twice advanced to quarterfinals at the Brisbane International but went no further in 2007 and again last year.

15
Nov
10

Groth confirmed for 2011 Hobart tourney.

Jarmila Groth will prepare for the Australian Open by competing for the first time in the main draw of the Moorilla Hobart International next January. Groth, who is currently ranked No.42 in the world, is enjoying a breakthrough season in 2010 with fourth round appearances at the French Open and Wimbledon, as well as her first career WTA Tour singles title. Her success this year was rewarded with her highest ever ranking of No.41 in September, and she is now in contention to be a member of the Australian Fed Cup Team for its World Group first-round tie against Italy in Hobart next February.

Moorilla Hobart International Tournament Director Michael Roberts was excited to welcome Groth to her first ever main draw appearance at the event. “Jarmila has had a fantastic year and after breaking the world’s top 50 players, she is certain to be in contention at the Moorilla Hobart International. “She is one of the hardest and cleanest hitters in the women’s game, and watching her play at an intimate stadium in Hobart will be a real spectacle for tennis fans in Tasmania.”

Groth was awarded a wildcard into the French Open this year and reached the fourth round by defeating Yung-Jan Chan (TPE), Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) and fellow Australian Anastasia Rodionova. After defeating Renata Voracova in the first round at Wimbledon, she also defeated No. 33 seed Melanie Oudin (USA) and Angelique Kerber (GER) before falling to No.2 seed Venus Williams (USA) in the fourth round of the Grand Slam.

19
Sep
10

Jarmila Groth wins her first WTA title.

Australia’s Jarmila Groth on Sunday claimed her first WTA title with an easy 6-1 6-4 victory over Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva at the Guangzhou Open in southern China.

The 23-year-old Groth powered 11 aces past Kudryavtseva to claim the USD$37,000 (AUD$40,000) winner’s cheque. She also got revenge for the loss to the Russian in their previous meeting at Indian Wells in 2008.

The Australian – who was the tournament’s top seed – easily lived up to her billing, breezing through the draw without dropping a set and surrendering just five games or less per match.

She broke Kudryavtseva’s serve five times en route to the title. The 22-year-old Russian was making her first career appearance in a WTA final.

Groth, a native of Slovakia who took Australian citizenship last year after marrying ATP player Sam Groth, is currently the world number 55 and is projected to crack the WTA’s top 50 when the new rankings are published Monday.

“It’s very exciting to finally get inside the Top 50,” Groth said before playing her maiden tour final.

“I’ve had injuries and every time I got close in the past, I couldn’t play.”

She’s having her best season since joining the tour in 2005, with round of 16 appearances at both the French Open and Wimbledon.

At the US Open, she fell in the first round to three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, letting a golden opportunity slip away after claiming the first set from the Russian, who won at Flushing Meadows in 2006.

18
Sep
10

Jarmila Groth is seeking her first WTA title tomorow.

Jarmila Groth made certain of her place in the final of the Guangzhou International Women’s Open with a ruthless display of tennis against Romania’s Edina Gallovits on Saturday.

The Australian top seed was on court for just 38 minutes as she overpowered Gallovits 6-0 6-1 in the her semi-final.

Groth, who is aiming to win her first WTA Tour singles title, will take on unseeded Alla Kudryavtseva in Sunday’s showpiece.

The Russian was also in dominant form, beating China’s Shuai Zhang 6-0 6-4 to progress to her first tour final.




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