Groth wins first WTA crown

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GUANGZHOU, China -- Jarmila Groth of Australia captured her first career WTA singles crown with a straight-set win over Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva in Sunday's final of the Guangzhou International Women's Open.

The top-seeded Groth rolled to a 6-1, 6-4 victory in her first WTA final. Her best previous finishes were a pair of semifinal appearances.

Groth dropped just 15 games in five matches during the week, setting a WTA Tour season mark for fewest games lost en route to a title. Maria Sharapova had the previous mark of 21 in February at Memphis.

"I played pretty well in most of my matches this week," remarked Groth. "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."

Kudryavtseva was also appearing in her first WTA Tour title match.

"I'm a bit disappointed, but she played great tennis throughout the week so congratulations to her," said Kudryavtseva. "I'm really happy with the overall experience."

Groth earned a first prize of $37,000.


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