HOBART, January 9, 2019
Hobart International 2019 second round matches are complete, setting up an interesting quarterfinal line-up on Thursday.
Wednesday’s highlights included the all-French duel which saw Alize Cornet defeat compatriot Pauline Parmentier, Belinda Bencic from Switzerland knocked out local talent Zoe Hives, US-American Sofia Kenin continued her impressive run defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, and Dayana Yastremska from the Ukraine won the battle of the young guns taking out Vera Lapko of Belarus.
Quotes of the day
Alize Cornet on being the highest remaining seed: “The seeds don’t mean anything anymore… everyone can beat everyone. It’s pretty exciting now on the WTA Tour.”
Greet Minnen on her surprising run to the quarterfinals: “I was hoping I would get in (to qualifying) and maybe get one or two matches. Now I’m in the quarterfinals, it’s a big dream.”
RESULTS – WEDNESDAY 9 JANUARY 2019
Main draw second round
 A. Cornet (FRA) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 63 60
 K. Flipkens (BEL) d V. Kuzmova (SVK) 67(3) 64 61
A. Schmiedlova (SVK) d  A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 62
S. Kenin (USA) d O. Jabeur (TUN) 76(6) 63
[Q] G. Minnen (BEL) d [Q] M. Linette (POL) 61 46 76(3)
I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] A. Blinkova (RUS) 46 76(2) 62
D. Yastremska (UKR) d V. Lapko (BLR) 61 64
B. Bencic (SUI) d [WC] Z. Hives (AUS) 62 64