2nd seed Knapp cruises into Baku Cup last 8

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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