Yastremska advances, Pavlyuchenkova ousted in at Hobart
HOBART, Australia (AP) — 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.
4 unseeded players reach Tashkent Open semifinals
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — The Tashkent Open semifinals will feature four unseeded players.
Mona Barthel knocked out the final seeded player in the draw, No. 2 Vera Lapko, 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday. The German will next face Margarita Gasparyan, who beat Fanny Stollar 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Also, Kateryna Kozlova defeated sixth-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-2, while qualifier Anastasia Potapova beat Dalila Jakupovic 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.
Lapko wins, Zvonareva out at Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Vera Lapko reached the quarterfinals of the Tashkent Open on Wednesday by beating qualifier Ivana Jorovic 6-2, 6-4.
The 19-year-old Lapko, the highest-ranked player left in the draw at 64th in the world, will next face German player Mona Barthel.
Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva, once ranked second in the world, lost to Hungarian qualifier Fanny Stollar 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Top-seeded Begu knocked out of Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Top-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu lost in the first round at the Tashkent Open to Kateryna Kozlova on Tuesday.
Romania's Begu held serve just three times as she was swept aside 6-3, 6-2 by her Ukrainian opponent, who next plays Fiona Ferro of France.
Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko reaches 2nd round of Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Korea Open on Wednesday.
Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, broke her opponent five times while notching up 32 winners to 29 unforced errors.
"She's a very good player and very consistent," Ostapenko said. "Today was a good match for me, especially for the first round because first rounds are always tough."
Azarenka eases into quarterfinals; Muguruza withdraws
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Victoria Azarenka, a former world No. 1, eased past lucky-loser Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-0 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
Azarenka broke the Russian teenager's serve six times to advance to face American qualifier Danielle Collins, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 winner over Vera Lapko of Belarus.
Blinkova replaced Garbine Muguruza in the draw after the top-seeded Spaniard withdrew because of a right arm injury.
Top seed Mladenovic injured at Samsung Open
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — Top seed Kristina Mladenovic retired with a back injury in the first round of the weather-affected Samsung Open on Thursday.
Mladenovic was trailing 7-6 (5), 3-2 against Tamara Korpatsch, a German qualifier ranked 157 places below the No. 19 Frenchwoman, when she withdrew.
The clay-court event has been hard hit by rain and two more top players lost first-round matches Thursday.
Fed Cup: Germany upsets Belarus 3-2 in Minsk to make semis
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tatjana Maria won two points in her first Fed Cup tie in seven years and led Germany past 2017 finalist Belarus and into the semifinals on Sunday.
The Germans, who last appeared in the semifinals in 2015, will host the Czech Republic in April. They last met the Czechs in the 2014 final, losing it 3-1.
Top-seeded Carreno Busta knocked out of Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta was knocked out of the Kremlin Cup in the second round by Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
The Russian broke 11th-ranked Carreno Busta twice in each set.
Medvedev's win sets up a quarterfinal against Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus named an unchanged team for the Fed Cup semifinals against Switzerland on Wednesday, without a single player in the top 100.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich leads a team also featuring Aryna Sabalenka, Olga Govortsova and Vera Lapko, the squad which beat the Netherlands 4-1 in the first round.
Belarus' best-known player, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, isn't available for the April 22-23 series in Minsk. She will return to action in July after giving birth to her first child.
Belarus completes surprise win over Netherlands in Fed Cup
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — With or without Victoria Azarenka, Belarus can still succeed on the tennis court.
The former top-ranked player is taking time out with her baby son, but Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka stepped up Sunday to beat the Netherlands 4-1 in the 1st round of the Fed Cup World Group.
Sasnovich is ranked 104 places below No. 24 Kiki Bertens, but didn't let it show as she broke her Dutch opponent's serve seven times in a 6-3, 6-4 win.
Bertens fightback leaves Belarus, Dutch level in Fed Cup
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Kiki Bertens saved a match point on Saturday before beating Aryna Sabalenka to level the Netherlands' Fed Cup match against Belarus at 1-1.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich gave Belarus the lead with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Michaella Krajicek in the opening rubber of the day, before 24th-ranked Bertens took on Aryna Sabalenka, who is 118 places lower.