Baku Cup Karin Knapp crushed Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-0 in the Baku Cup

Karin Knapp made short work of Anett Kontaveit as she raced in the last eight of the Baku Cup in less than an hour on Thursday.

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Karin Knapp remains on course for back-to-back final appearances on the WTA Tour after a straight-sets victory over Anett Kontaveit at the Baku Cup.

The Italian was made the final in Austria on Sunday only to be beaten by Sam Stosur but she has immediately bounced back and is one of two seeds to book last eight spots in Azerbaijan, Knapp securing a 6-1 6-0 triumph in 47 minutes.

Knapp won 10 games in a row on her way to victory on Thursday, world number 173 Kontaveit only managing 20 points in the match as the second seed cruised into the last eight.

The only other seeded player left in the draw is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after Vitalia Diatchenko failed to take her chance against Kirsten Flipkens.

Diatchenko started the game well but quickly began to falter on her own serve as Flipkens broke three times in the opening set.

The Belgian completed her 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win in a second-set tie-break, Flipkens holding her nerve to convert her first match point and set up a last-eight clash with Pavlyuchenkova.

Patricia Maria Tig and Evgeniya Rodina took the final two quarter final places as they cruised past Olga Savchuk and Oleksandra Korashvili respectively.

Tig will meet Donna Vekic after her 7-5 6-4 win over Savchuk, while Rodina's last eight opponent will be Margarita Gasparyan having comprehensively dispatched Korashvili 6-1 6-1.

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