Sloane Stephens crashed out in the first round of the Hobart International on Monday. The fourth-seeded Stephens lost to fellow American Lauren Davis, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 28 minutes. Davis won 66% of her first serve points to Stephens’ 50% and 55% of her second serve points.
She also won 60% of the points on the former US Open champion’s second serve return. Davis also converted five of the 11 break points that came her way and saved six of the seven break points she faced. The world No. 84 will play either Tamara Zidansek or Ysaline Bonaventure next.
Stephens was the only seed to exit in the first round of the WTA 250 event.
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Top seed Marie Bouzkova came from 2-5 down in the first set to claim a win against Jaqueline Cristian in the first round.
The Czech won 7-6(2), 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes. Bouzkova converted six of 10 break points on the Romanian’s serve and saved three of the six break points she faced. Bouzkova won 66% of her first serve points and 46% of her second serve points.
In the second round, Bouzkova could play either Lucia Bronzetti or Anna Blinkova. Xinyu Wang ousted local wildcard Olivia Gadecki in their first round matchup. The Chinese player needed one hour and 52 minutes to win 6-4, 7-5.
Wang will face either Alison Van Uytvanck or seventh seed Magda Linette for a chance to reach the quarterfinals. Tatjana Maria also ended the hopes of another Australian wild card, Talia Gibson, in the first round. The 2022 Wimbledon semifinalist earned a 6-3, 6-2 win in 72 minutes against Gibson.
The German’s next opponent will be fifth seed Anhelina Kalinina. The Ukrainian needed just 63 minutes to wrap up a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Canadian Rebecca Marino. Kalinina saved all three break points she faced as she converted five of the eight break points she had on her opponent’s serve.
Jasmine Paolini and Laura Siegemund also made it to the second round of the Hobart International. The Italian cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Patricia-Maria Tig, while the German came from a set back to defeat Tereza Martincova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
Paolini will play her compatriot, Elisabetta Cocciaretto or the third seed, Alize Cornet next. Siegemund could play an American in sixth seed Bernarda Pera or Madison Brengle.