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De Minaur defeats Raonic in straight sets in Brisbane

AP and AFP, BRISBANE, Australia

She had a tough opening-round win over Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, but was relatively untroubled against world No. 44 Konjuh.

“I’m playing well and I’m happy that I’m showing good tennis from the start of the year,” Svitolina said. “I try to always find my good tennis out there and, you know, play well. That’s the most important thing.”

Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, the 2012 champion, moved into the last eight with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

Once ranked as high as 15th in the world, Kanepi is on the comeback trail after an injury forced her out of the game in June 2016 for just more than a year.

She reached last year’s US Open as a qualifier and had to qualify in Brisbane as well.

However, her powerful serve proved too much for Tsurenko and she is now to face Pliskova in the quarter-finals.

Belarussian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich booked a quarter-final against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet when she beat Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.

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