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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.


Marion Bartoli humiliates Safina 6-0, 6-1 in Tasmania.

Dinara Safina’s woes continued as she was thrashed in the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International on Monday. Safina has slumped to 63rd in the rankings due to a combination of poor form and injury, ending last year with a 13-16 win/loss record. And 2011 did not get off to good start either for the Russian, who was beaten 6-0 6-1 by top seed Marion Bartoli in Hobart.

There was also bad news for compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ahead of the Australian Open, the second seed being forced to retire with a hip injury after losing the first set of her match 6-2 to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Third seed Tsvetana Pironkova also crashed out, losing in three sets to Peng Shuai of China, but fifth seed Klara Zakopalova and sixth seed Jarmila Groth advanced in straight sets. Britain’s Elena Baltacha beat Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3 6-3, while local favourite Alicia Molik justified her wild card with a 7-5 6-3 win over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson.


Bartoli adds her name to the growing list of entries in Hobart.

French tennis star Marion Bartoli will lead a host of international players when she competes for the first time in the Moorilla Hobart International next January. Currently ranked No.16 in the world, Bartoli is one of the highest profile players to compete at the event and will be hoping for an ideal preparation in Hobart before the 2011 Australian Open. The former Wimbledon runner-up enjoyed a consistent season in 2010, including a third-round appearance at the Australian Open before falling to eventual semifinalist Zheng Jie of China. Bartoli also reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and third round of the French Open. Moorilla Hobart International Tournament Director Michael Roberts believed Bartoli would be extremely hard to beat in her first appearance at the event. “Marion has been a solid performer in the top 20 for last four years and the former Wimbledon finalist is a welcome addition to the field. “She is expected to be the top seed at the tournament and will certainly raise the calibre on show in Hobart next January.”

Known as one of only a handful of players who play holding the racquet with two hands on both sides, Bartoli has held a top 20 ranking since 2006 and reached her highest ranking of No.9 in late 2007. Many believe the key to her success is her ability to meet the ball earlier than any other female player, especially on the return of serve. Bartoli will headline the Moorilla Hobart International along with former world No.1 Dinara Safina and Australia’s No.2 ranked female tennis player Jarmila Groth.


Safina set to start her climb back to the top in Tasmania.

Dinara Safina of Russia is set to headline the Moorilla Hobart International next January. Currently ranked No.63 in the world, Safina is one of the highest profile players to compete at the tournament and will hope to reclaim the form that saw her become the world’s No.1 female player in April last year. Safina enjoyed her most successful season in 2009, with her powerful baseline game and serve leading her to the finals of the Australian Open against Serena Williams (USA) and French Open against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. She also reached the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open before retiring hurt against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko due to a lower back injury. The same injury kept her out of action from February to April and forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon in June.

Moorilla Hobart International Tournament Director Michael Roberts was excited to welcome Safina as she prepares for the upcoming Australian Open. “Dinara is a great addition to the line up and a player of her calibre will certainly be in contention to take out the Moorilla Hobart International. “This time last year she was ranked No.2 in the world, so hopefully she can regain her place in the top 10 and make her mark in the coming year.” Safina’s achievements also include a Grand Slam tournament victory in women’s doubles at the US Open in 2008, a silver medal in women’s singles at the Beijing Olympics, and recognition as the first female player in history to defeat three reigning No.1 players in the same season.


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.


…and then there were none!


There are no seeded players left in the Moorilla Hobart International after top seed Flavia Pennetta from Italy was ousted by Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 7-5 6-3 in the second round.

Pennetta, the world number 13, was the third seed to be upset in straight sets by a lower-ranked player.

Sixth seed Ji Zheng of China lost to Argentina’s Gisela Dulko and seventh-seeded Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko bowed out to Czech Petra Kvitova.

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seeded players going down in Moorilla Hobart Int.


Urszula Radwanska is firming up as the dark horse in the Moorilla Hobart International field after the qualifier knocked out the No.6 seed Aleksandra Wozniak today.

Radwanska, ranked 126, defeated world No.30 Francesca Schiavone during qualifying, and today came from a set down to take the match against world No.33 Wozniak.

“(It was an) incredibly tough match, I am very happy I won … it was a really good match,” Radwanska said.

“I just played my game; I think she became a little bit nervous (in the second set). I am really happy, really exhausted.”

Despite her form, Radwanska said she is still approaching the tournament one match at a time. 

“We’ll see how I go in the second round, I can do, I think, better, so looking forward,” Radwanska said.  

No.3 seed, Anna Chakvetadze (RUS), went down to Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) in a three set thriller on Centre Court.

Unseeded world No.44 Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) has ended Patty Schnyder’s (SUI) hopes of a second title at the Moorilla Hobart International, defeating the world No.14 in straight sets.

Pironkova dominated the match from the outset winning the first set 6-2. Although Schnyder fought back towards the end of the second set Pironkova kept her cool, winning the match 6-2 6-4.

“I’m really happy, I didn’t expect to play so well today,” Pironkova said after the win.

“I managed to stay in the court (the ball) and hit deeps shots, and she (Schnyder) didn’t play her best tennis.

“To beat the No.14 is a big win, I’ve only had three or four top 20 wins so this is a big win for me,” Pironkova said.

No.7 seed Alona Bondarenko (UKR) survived a second set scare against Romania’s Monica Niculescu to make it through to the second round.

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