Groth reaches quarters in rainy Hobart

Published Jan. 11, 2011 12:00 a.m. EST

Jarmila Groth of Australia advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hobart International on a day when rain disrupted play in this Australian Open tuneup.

Groth, seeded sixth, defeated Austrian qualifier Tamira Paszek 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Tuesday night. It was the only singles match completed at Hobart's Domain Tennis Centre.

Fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy won the first set 6-3 against Elena Baltacha of Britain before rain halted play. Olga Govortsova of Belarus was leading Peng Shuai of China 2-1.

The Australian Open starts Jan. 17.


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