Jarmila Groth in civilian clothes (above).
World #42 and up and coming Australian female Jarmila Groth served notice of her serious game to the world once again, with an impressive straight set victory over country-woman and world #6, Saamantha Stosur. Groth served big in defeating Stosur, the 2010 French Open finalist, 6-2, 6-4 with relative ease. The Brisbane International, which features both a mens and female field, was the site of one of the 23 year old from Melbourne, Groth’s, most impressive victories to date. The tennis world and Australian tennis has certainly taken notice. The win sets up a 4th round encounter with Andrea Petkovic who opened the tournament with an easy win over Australian Jelena Dokic, 6-0, 6-1.
For Groth, the tournament seems imminently winnable at this point, with a weak field including Marion Bartoli, Pavlyuchenkova, Safarova, and Cibulkova remaining–all players that we think Groth can hang with.
The mens side seems a bit tougher, with Baghdatis, Soderling, Istomin, South African giant Kevin Anderson, and Andy Roddick still floating around. Roddick kicked off the new year with an easy 6-4, 6-2 win over Ukranian Alexander Dolgopolov, and claims he is at his “healthiest in months.” Roddick looks to repeat as champion in Brisbane after a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) win over Radek Stepanek in last year’s final.
Roddick would seem at this point to be on a collision course with #1 seed Robin Soderling.
In Doha, world #1 Rafael Nadal began the year in impressive fashion with a 6-3, 6-0 victory oover Karol Beck, a player who we feel has done his best to mime Nadal’s whip topspin forehand. Today, Nadal is locked in more of a death struggle. At the moment, Nadal has just been bageled by Luckas Lacko, after winning the tight first set in a tie breaker. 7-6 (3), 0-6 at the moment as the 3rd set is about to begin. With Nadal already lamenting his lack of rest this offseason, we are wondering if he is starting the year fresh–something he obviously needed to do.
Federer kicked off the year with a tight win over 21 year old Dutchman Thomas Schoorel 7-6, 6-3, and made another highlight reel tweener shot in the match, which was frankly too close for comfort. Federer said that his unfamiliarity with the young Dutchman worked against him. See the latest Federer tweener at the link below:
Today, Federer defeated friend and countryman Marco Chudinelli in a tight 2 setter. BTW, Nadal has steadied himself, and is now up an early break in the 3rd set versus Luckas Lacko. Nadal leads the 3rd set 3-0, 40-40 as we write.
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