Karin Knapp from Italy returns the ball during her final match against Australia's Samantha Stosur at the WTA tennis tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria, on Sunday, July. 26, 2015. Stosur won with 3-6, 7-6 and 6-2. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Kerstin Joensson
July 30, 2015

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Second-seeded Karin Knapp of Italy swept into the Baku Cup quarterfinals with a 46-minute rout of Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on Thursday.

Knapp dropped only one game.

She's backing up from a loss in the Bad Gastein final on Sunday. Next up will be Alexandra Panova, one of four Russians in the last eight.

Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium eliminated seventh-seeded Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (5), and lined up top seed Anna Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in the quarters.

Patricia Maria Tig of Romania earned her first career quarterfinal by defeating fellow qualifier Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 7-5, 6-4.

Evgeniya Rodina of Russia also advanced to play compatriot Margarita Gasparyan.

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