Jarmila Groth

Jarmila Groth (née Gajdošová) (born April 26, 1987 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia) is an Australian professional female tennis player. Her career high rank was #41, achieved on September 20, 2010. Before obtaining Australian citizenship, Groth competed for Slovakia.

Starting 2010 with the task to re-enter the top 100 Groth started the year at Brisbane and Sydney falling in 2nd round of Qualifying. Then lost another tough three set 1st round at Australia Open to Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 4-6 6-4. Groth remained in Australia to gain ranking points and was very successful winning the $25 000 Sydney ITF, Finalist at the $25 000 Burnie ITF and a Quarterfinalist at the Midura ITF. Groth also had success in doubles with a Semifinal and Final showings at the Burnie and Mildura ITF's. Groth received a wild card entry into the 2010 French Open and played Chan Yung-jan in the first round. Groth smashed through into the 2nd round winning 6-2 6-3. She then played Kimiko Date Krumm from Japan. Krumm had knocked out Dinara Safina the round before. Groth beat Krumm smashing her 6-0 6-3. Groth had to unfortunately play fellow Australian player Anastasia Rodionova. This meant that only one could progress to the 4th round. Jarmila Groth played a long 3 setter but prevailed 6-3 5-7 6-2. Groth advanced to the 4th round. Groth has never been in the 4th round in any grand slam. She lost to Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova in the 4th round 6-4, 6-3. After the French Open, Groth was ranked No. 88. In addition, Groth's fastest serve for the year is 194.0 km/h (120.5 miles/h).

At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, she progressed to the fourth round where she was beaten by Venus Williams 6-4 7-6.

On August 23, Groth reached a new career high ranking of 56 and became the second highest ranked Australian behind No. 6 Samantha Stosur.

At the 2010 U.S. Open, she lost to Maria Sharapova 6-4, 3-6, 1-6 in the first round. In doubles partnering Zakopalova they defeated Kerber and Dekmeijere 6-1 4-6 6-2.

After the US Open, Groth participated in the 2010 Guangzhou International Women's Open as top seed. She made it to her first WTA tour final after defeating Edina Gallovits in the semifinals 6-0, 6-1 in 38 minutes. In the final she defeated Alla Kudryavtseva 6-1, 6-4 to win her maiden title. Her ranking rose to a career high of 41 as a result of her performance.

Groth's next tournament is the 2010 Hansol Korea Open where she'll face top seed Nadia Petrova in the first round.

Country : Australia
Residence : Sydney, Australia
Date of birth : 26 April 1987 (1987-04-26)
Place of birth : Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
now Slovakia
Height : 1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
Weight : 67 kg (150 lb; 10.6 st)
Turned pro : May 2005
Plays : Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

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