Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (5) def. Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
Sally Peers def. Alisa Kleybanova (7) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Bojana Jovanovski def. Anastasia Rodionova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Jarmila Groth def. Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 7-5
It was a big day for wildcard Sally Peer of Australia, who opened the WTA season by scoring an upset over 7th-seeded Alisa Kleybanova of Russia. Another Australian player, Jarmila Groth (formerly born in and representing Slovakia), also scored a big win over Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2 7-5 to set up a possible, and likely, meeting with top seeded Samantha Stosur. She says she’s looking forward to a possible meeting with Super Sam, but I have to think anybody in this field would not like to have a date with Samantha in the second round.
But it was not all success on day one for Australians, native or transplanted, as Commonwealth Games winner Anastasia Rodionova (born in Russia) fell to Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 2-6 6-2 6-3. Jovanovski might be a name to watch in 2011. The 19 year old from Belgrade is a rising star following in the footsteps of Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic. She has represented Serbia in Fed Cup and boasts an impressive professional record in a short period of time. She has yet to win a WTA title, but does have four ITF circuit titles.
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