Playing her first match since Wimbledon, 2007 Hobart champion Anna Chakvetadze upended No.3 seed Monica Niculescu in the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International.
In her first match of the 2012 season, eighth-seeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu was victorious over Elena Baltacha.
The youngest player in the field, 15-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in her first career WTA main draw match.
Playing just her second event since the US Open, No.1 seed Yanina Wickmayer got pumped up during her first round victory over Marina Erakovic.
Defending champ Jarmila Gajdosova outlasted fellow Australian Anastasia Rodionova in the second round, 63 16 64, losing a set for the first time in seven career main draw matches here.
Anastasia Rodionova rallied from 4-1 down in the third set, but fell just short in her second round match versus the fifth-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova.
Simona Halep made her first quarterfinal since her runner-up showing last April in Fes, eventually losing to Yanina Wickmayer.
Angelique Kerber made the semifinals for the fifth time in her last seven events, but had to withstand two match points in the quarters against Sorana Cirstea.
Playing her first semifinal since last July in Washington D.C., Shahar Peer fell to Yanina Wickmayer, dropping her career record against the Belgian to 2-4.
Mona Barthel made short work of Yanina Wickmayer for her first career title, eliminating a seed for the fourth straight round.
Mona Barthel was thrilled about becoming the first qualifier to win a WTA title since Tamira Paszek captured Quebec City in September 2010.
Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu saved two match points in their triumph over Chuang Chia-Jung and Marina Erakovic in the doubles final.