In Tasmania? Trip along to the Moorilla Hobart International, then. Tennis fans had a stellar time on Day 2 of the 2011 tournament.

We zoom in on the action for you.

Tasmania Trip - Tennis Action
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Tennis action: Moorilla Hobart International, Tasmania

Hobart, Tasmania Trip: Centre Court Action

New Australian Jarmila Groth started her Tasmanian trip with a solid win over Swede Johanna Larsson. Looking strong and confident, Groth collected a few more fans and looked right at home in the updated stadium.

Tasmania Trip - Jarmila Groth
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Jarmila Groth starts well: first Tasmanian trip

No sign of husband Sam or coach Gavin Hopper. Looks like the rising star will have to make her own way around the sights on this trip.

Tasmania Trip - Rob Fairs & Jarmila Groth
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Rob Fairs interviews Jarmila Groth

The next match brought young Aussie Olivia Rogowska to the main arena. Fresh from winning the wild-card playoff for the Australian Open, the Moorilla Hobart International was not so kind to the 19-year-old.

Tasmania Trip - Rogowska Serve
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Olivia Rogowska: the Moorilla in Hobart

Her opponent, Tamira Paszek from Austria had her measure from the outset. It must be said though, Rogowska had the most delightful outfit of the day!

Tasmania Trip - Olivia Rogowska
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Olivia Rogowska: best outfit, Moorilla Hobart International

From new, to young, to veteran Australian: crowd favourite Alicia Molik was next to open her Tasmanian campaign at the Domain Tennis Centre.

After a shaky start, Alicia saved three first-set points against another Swedish player (Sofia Arvidsson), going on to win 7-5 6-3.

Tasmania Trip - Alica Molik in Hobart
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Former champion Alicia Molik returns to Hobart

In her post match interview, Molik mentioned that tournament director Michael Roberts suggested a Tasmanian trip for her February honeymoon. Hopefully she will be back to holiday in Hobart in February, for Australia’s Fed Cup clash with Italy, at least.

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Alicia Molik interacts with the crowd in Hobart, Tasmania

Moorilla Hobart: International Contingent

After the Australian flavour of Day 2 in Hobart, the international stars came out during the evening. On the comeback trail from injury, Dinara Safina was the headline act this year in Tasmania. A trip to the island state was to be the catalyst for a Serena-like second coming.

Tasmania Trip - Dinara Safina
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Dinara Safina: from injury to Tasmania

But sadly, it was not to be. Despite a valiant effort, Safina was no match for the consistency of French player and tournament top-seed Marion Bartoli. With an unorthodox service action, and double-handed ground strokes from both wings, Bartoli was far too strong for the tall Russian.

Tasmania Trip - Bartoli v Safina
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Hobart, Tasmania: Marion Bartoli vs Dinara Safina

Creating her own attention on Court One was American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Straight from Perth, where she combined with John Isner to win the Hopman Cup, Mattek-Sands was sporting her trademark ridiculous outfit (to quote sports commentator Tim Gossage).

Tasmania Trip - Bethanie Mattek-Sands
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Bethanie Mattek-Sands makes an impact in Tasmania

I thought that was a bit harsh actually. I think the long socks and floral ink-work might catch on in Tasmania. Trip to the tattoo parlour, anyone?

Tennis Tasmania Trip into Town

The headquarters for Tennis Tasmania are only a stone’s throw from the CBD on Hobart’s Queens Domain. The club has magnificent views of the Derwent River, where cruise ships dock during the summer season. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are a skip further up the hill, and in the distance are the light towers of Bellerive Oval, home of the Tasmanian Tigers cricket team.

Tasmania Trip - Cruise Ship
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Tasmanian trip: cruise ship, Queens Domain Hobart

Spectators seemed to be enjoying the recent update to the Hobart stadium and facilities. The lawn area was a popular place to watch the high-quality tennis, while the patrons in the corporate seating area seemed equally comfortable. Well, okay – maybe they were a tad more comfortable!

Tasmania Trip - Moorilla Hobart International
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Tennis fans: Moorilla Hobart International, Tasmania

And as much as I love the Australian Open, there’s a lot to be said about the Moorilla Hobart International in terms of value for money. Tickets in Tasmania for a trip to the tennis cost as little as $10. And the same players signing autographs in Hobart will board a plane and fly to Melbourne once the Moorilla is finished.

Tasmania Trip - Moorilla Autographs
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Alicia Molik signs autographs: Moorilla Hobart International

Planning your own Tasmania trip? Heading to the tennis? See the Moorilla Hobart International website for more details.

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