Groth Great In Guangzhou

Seeded No.1 for the first time, Jarmila Groth made short work of Nina Bratchikova on Tuesday.

Published September 14, 2010 12:00

Groth Great In Guangzhou
Jarmila Groth

GUANGZHOU, China - Jarmila Groth looked very comfortable in her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour match as a No.1 seed, routing Nina Bratchikova, 62 60, in 53 minutes to advance to the second round of the Landsky Lighting Guangzhou International Women's Open.

"The conditions are difficult. The heat doesn't bother me so much but it's the humidity that's the worst part," Groth said. "I'm not used to toweling down after every single point. I played a solid match. I'm happy with my performance. I served well and took care of all the points I had to. It was a nice win."

In her previous two Tour events as a seed, Groth lost in the quarterfinals in Portoroz in 2006 as the No.9 seed and the round of 16 in Fès in 2007 as the No.9 seed (in both cases she was awarded a seeding as an injury replacement).

"It's the first time I've been seeded No.1," Groth said. "I hope to live up to the expectations and hopefully people will enjoy watching me as the No.1 seed."

The other seed to move on Tuesday was fourth-seeded Ayumi Morita, who took care of qualifier Junri Namigata, 62 62. However, second-seeded Chan Yung-Jan and sixth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski both were eliminated. Ksenia Pervak topped Chan, 36 60 62, while Alla Kudryavtseva upended Jovanovski, 61 75.

Among the notable unseeded winners was Sania Mirza, who got past Katie O'Brien, 63 16 62.

"I was injured for five months at the beginning of the year, so it's not easy," said Mirza, who prior to her second round showing at the US Open had not won a Tour main draw match since Birmingham in June. "At the US Open, it was the first time I was playing qualifying in a Grand Slam, so it was a new experience for me, but I was really happy to win four matches in a row. I have never been to Guangzhou before, so to win my first match here was great. The hardest thing to do when you come back from injury is to get your confidence back and win back-to-back matches and I'm happy that I have been able to do that. Every win counts at this stage, and every win is great for my confidence."

Mirza has another big match on Wednesday against No.3 seed Akgul Amanmuradova, whom she is 2-0 against, however, they have not played in eight years.

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