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Gajdosova gets over first hurdle in Hobart
01:33 AEST Tue Jan 8 2013

Success hasn't come easily for Jarmila Gajdosova of late so the world No.167 got straight to the point when asked to detail the best thing about her opening round victory at the Hobart International.

"That I won, really," the 25-year-old Australian quipped after her 6-4 7-5 success over Italian Romina Oprandi on Monday.

Gajdosova, who claimed her sole WTA title in the Tasmanian capital two years ago, had a 2012 she'd like to forget, slipping from No.33 at the start of the year and at one stage riding a nine-match losing streak.

As her form dropped things got even more tumultuous off the court, Gajdosova splitting with her husband and fellow tennis professional Sam Groth.

Her mother then passed away in September.

After taking stock and six weeks off, Gajdosova returned to the game.

She's made some small steps this year - winning a first-round match at the Brisbane International and she was quietly pleased she could add to that tally in Hobart.

"Overall I think I played a pretty decent match," she said of beating Oprandi.

"There were a few errors but I managed to get out of it and still win in straight sets.

"It's the win that counts. I think I'm slowly getting better. It was the first match but I hope there are many more to come.

"I would like to be better than I was (last year)."

The news wasn't so good for fellow Australian Bojana Bobusic, the wildcard going down to American Lauren Davis 1-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

The real surprise though was the elimination of top seed and world No.25 Su-Wei Hsieh, the Taiwanese downed by Shuai Peng of China in a tight three-set match.

After two and a half hours on court Shuai took victory 6-2 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4).

In other results, Kirsten Flipkens upset sixth seed Francesca Schiavone 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3) while Sorana Cirstea edged Nina Bratchikova 3-6 7-5 6-2.

Chanelle Scheepers, Tsvetana Pironkova and Simona Halep were amongst the other winners.

Australian wildcard Ashleigh Barty later lost her first-round clash with defending champion and world No.32 Mona Barthel.

In a match that didn't get underway until just before 11.30pm AEDT, German ninth seed Bartel recovered from a slow start to win 2-6 6-0 6-1 in 70 minutes.

The 16-year-old Barty will still head to Melbourne for the Australian Open, where she was also granted a wildcard, with plenty of confidence.

After improving her ranking in 2012 from No.669 to 175, Barty last week scored the biggest victory of her career at the Hopman Cup in Perth when she beat former French Open champion Schiavone in straight sets.


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