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Yastremska advances, Pavlyuchenkova ousted at Hobart

2019 Hobart International - Day 3

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Dayana Yastremska of the Ukraine plays a shot during her singles match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during day three of the 2019 Hobart International at Domain Tennis Centre on January 07, 2019 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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HOBART, Australia -- Teenager Dayana Yastremska has picked up in 2019 where she left off in 2018, beating Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the Hobart International.

Yastremska had a break-out year in 2018, forcing her way inside the top-100 for the first time. She showed why Monday with a dominant performance in windy conditions against Siegemund, who has been as high as No. 27 in the world.

In other results, fifth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was the first seeded player to go out of the tournament, losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Vera Lapko.

The 18-year-old Yastremska was able to win 71 percent of points off her first serve, keeping Siegemund under pressure while converting five break points to one.

“I was a bit nervous but I think I kept my nerves under control,” Yastremska said. “That’s what got me the win. I stayed stable with my emotions and in these conditions it was very important.”

Yastremska said she hopes to continue her progress in 2019.

“Right now I don’t really feel any pressure,” she said. “I’m just trying to improve my level and to perfect myself.”

No. 54-ranked Pauline Parmentier advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win over wildcard entry Ellen Perez, her first first-round win in Hobart in six attempts.

“I was playing really good at the beginning, then I got a little bit tight,” Parmentier said. “She was playing better and better and the condions were more windy at the end.

“When I was feeling not really good at the end of the second set, I was like `It’s always really tough for me here. Every time they are not nice with me in Hobart.”

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova also advanced with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Evgeniya Rodina, and Greet Minnen posted her first win in the main draw of a WTA Tour event with a 6-4, 6-0 result against Kateryna Kozlova.