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Groth reverts to maiden name

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Originally published on: 28/04/11 10:00

Jarmila Groth is no more. The Australian No.2 has reverted to her maiden name Gajdosova following her recent split from fellow Australian tennis player Sam Groth.

But the Bratislava-born Melbourne resident, who turned 24 on Tuesday, has no plans to switch her allegiance back to her native Slovakia having lived in Australia since the age of 15. She gained citizenship Down Under in 2009 after marrying Groth earlier in the year, but on twitter hit back at suggestions she might have had an ulterior motive for marrying Groth.

“I got married because I loved Sam and did it from my heart not because I am from poor country or I need it him (sic) for passport!

“To people who say bad things about me: I didn’t need get (sic) married to become aussie citizen – check the facts!! And check the law!!!”

Speaking in Estoril, where she defeated compatriot Casey Dellacqua to reach the third round, Gajdosova added that she still considers herself to be both Slovakian and Australian.

“I will never say that I’m not Slovakian any more. I was born and spent 15 years of my life there,” said the 5’7” right-hander. “But then I’m obviously Australian, I lived there for nine years and kind of grew up there since I was 15.

“So think there’s a bit of both in me, they both have very special meaning for me – one that I’ve been born to and one that I’ve kind of grown up living there, and the people took me as Australian, so of course it was very special to me and it’s going to stay that way.”

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