Jarka Serves Up First Title
Published September 19, 2010 12:00
GUANGZHOU, China - Jarmila Groth capped a breakthrough summer with her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title, winning the Landsky Lighting Guangzhou International Women's Open crown on a muggy Sunday afternoon.
Groth, who reached the round of 16 at both the French Open and Wimbledon, was a strong No.1 seed throughout the week in Guangzhou, losing just 10 games in her four matches leading to the final and dusting the career week off with a 61 64 championship win over first-time finalist Alla Kudryavtseva.
Groth's powerful groundstrokes gave her five breaks of serve and her big delivery produced a whopping 11 aces to only three double faults during the final.
"I rang my husband straight after the match. I knew he was flying in half an hour so I was trying to catch him to tell him I won," Groth said. "I played pretty well in most of my matches this week. I was very consistent and served well, which helped me put a lot of pressure on my opponent to hold serve. I didn't give a lot of chances to my opponents and was able to take mine to close them out."
Groth will now crack the Top 50 for the first time. "Hopefully I can get higher now as the main goal is to be seeded for the Australian Open. There won't be much time to celebrate unfortunately. I have a 9am flight to Seoul, where I play Nadia Petrova first round, so I'll pretty much go back to the hotel and pack my bags!"
Groth, whose best results on the Tour before this week were a pair of semifinals, beat out Maria Sharapova for least games lost en route to a title this year, with 15 (Sharapova lost 21 en route to the Memphis title in February). Originally from Slovakia, she has been playing under Australia since last November, having married Australian Sam Groth last February (previously Gajdosova).
"I'm a bit disappointed but she played great tennis throughout the week so congratulations to her," Kudryavtseva said. "I'm really happy with the overall experience. We were both here without our coaches and actually warmed up together before the match. We rode here together, warmed up together and are probably going to the airport together tomorrow as well. So it was funny and a great time, and it has definitely been one of the best weeks of the year for me. I'm pretty sure I'll be back next year as I have a lot of points to defend now!"
Playing together for the first time, Edina Gallovits and Sania Mirza captured the doubles title this week, beating Chinese duo Han Xinyun and Liu Wanting in the final, 75 63. Gallovits won her second Tour doubles title, Mirza her ninth.