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Safina advances, Groth and Ivanovic fall in Seoul

Dinara Safina

Jarmila Groth lost her first match since winning her maiden WTA title over the weekend in Guangzhou, falling to world No.19 and top seed Nadia Petrova 6-3 6-2  in the opening round of the Hansol Korea Open. Groth still hasn’t defeated a Top 20 player in her career and now her record against them is 0-17. The 41st-ranked Groth won sets in only three matches she played against the members of the Top 20.

Former world No.1s Dinara Safina and Ana Ivanovic, wildcard entries into the Seoul tournament, also played their first round matches, with the Russian winning and the Serb losing. Safina defeated Simona Halep 6-4 6-4, while the seventh-seeded Ivanovic lost to Vera Dushevina 2-6 6-4 6-2 despite having a 6-2 4-4 lead.

The Hansol Korea Open defending champion Kimiko Date Krumm was also in action and she beat fellow Japanese Junri Namigata 6-2 7-5. (source: Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, photo: © Neal Trousdale)

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