This tournament doesn't get much attention because it clashes with Sydney, but several winners of this tournament in the past 10 years have had their careers take off after winning Hobart. 2009 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová Czech Republic Iveta Benešová 7–5, 6–1 2010 Ukraine Alona Bondarenko Israel Shahar Pe'er 6–2, 6–4 2011 Australia Jarmila Groth United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–4, 6–3 2012 Germany Mona Barthel Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 6–1, 6–2 2013 Russia Elena Vesnina Germany Mona Barthel 6–3, 6–4 2014 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová 6–4, 6–0 2015 United Kingdom Heather Watson United States Madison Brengle 6–3, 6–4 2016 France Alizé Cornet Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6–1, 6–2 2017 Belgium Elise Mertens Romania Monica Niculescu 6–3, 6–1 2018 Belgium Elise Mertens (2) Romania Mihaela Buzărnescu 6–1, 4–6, 6–3 2019 United States Sofia Kenin Slovakia Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 6–3, 6–0
Wasn't sure whether to include Barthel or not, because she ended up being a journeywoman, but she was the next big thing in tennis in the first half of 2012 after pushing Vika, back when she was unstoppable, really close in some matches. Petra had shown some promise but winning Hobart as an 18 year old was her first title. It was also Garbine's 1st WTA title. Mertens went on to reach Aussie Open SF after winning Hobart back to back, the first one was her 1st WTA title, and Kenin is now having the best year of her career after starting the year by winning her maiden WTA title in Hobart.
And if Heather hadn't choked against Serena at Wimbledon that summer maybe her name would have been in bold too.