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Fourth seed Kvitova falls in Brisbane

Dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been bundled out of the Brisbane International in the second round by Estonia's Anett Kontaveit.

Fourth seed Kvitova falls in Brisbane

Dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been bundled out of the Brisbane International in the second round by Estonia's Anett Kontaveit.

ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA of Latvia returns a shot against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their women's singles match on day 4 of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai at Hengqin Tennis Center in Zhuhai, China.
ANASTASIJA SEVASTOVA of Latvia returns a shot against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their women's singles match on day 4 of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai at Hengqin Tennis Center in Zhuhai, China. Picture:Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images

An unheralded Estonian claimed the Brisbane International women's crown seven years ago.

And history may yet repeat in 2019 after unseeded Anett Kontaveit paid tribute to trail-blazing compatriot Kaia Kanepi following a second round upset over dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.


Fatigued fourth-seeded Czech and world No.7 Kvitova had no answer for world No.20 Kontaveit, crashing out 7-5 7-6 (7-1) in 98 minutes.

Kvitova was not the only high profile scalp, with sixth seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands falling 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-5 to Croatia's world No.34 Donna Vekic.

Ajla Tomljanovic is the last Australian standing in the women's draw after her 6-2 7-6 (7-2) win over Briton Johanna Konta.

World No.46 Tomljanovic meets fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova in the quarters.

Yet all eyes were on Kvitova after her defeat brought an abrupt end for the 2011 Brisbane champion.

But Kontaveit's post-match thoughts were only with the 2012 Brisbane title winner - Kanepi.

Kanepi seemed to come from the clouds seven years ago when the then world No.34 took out the Brisbane final, her second career title.

Now Kontaveit, 23, hopes to follow in her idol's footsteps after booking a quarter-final clash with Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

"We're a really small country," Kontaveit said.

"Kaia has led the way for me. She won this tournament a few years ago - she's shown that you can make it in tennis."

No wonder Kontaveit is inspired.

Kanepi was the first Estonian to reach a grand slam quarter-final and is the first from her country to crack the world top 20 and win a WTA title.

Kontaveit didn't have it all her own way in Brisbane, fighting back from 5-2 down in the second set to force a tiebreak.

However, Kvitova did it tough trying to back up from her marathon three hour first round win over American Danielle Collins barely 24 hours earlier.

In contrast, Kontaveit took just 52 minutes to brush aside Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-3.

It marked Kontaveit's ninth career win over a top 10 player.

Meanwhile, world No.8 Pliskova bounced Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova 7-5 6-2.

Eighth seed Anastasija Sevastova also cruised into the quarters with a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of British qualifier Harriet Dart.

Latvia's world No.11 Sevastova booked a last-eight clash with second seed and reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan.

Sevastova - a 2018 US Open semi-finalist - had no trouble backing up after knocking out Australia's Daria Gavrilova in the first round.

Vekic's upset over world No.9 Bertens booked a last-eight clash with the winner of Brisbane defending champion and top seed Elina Svitolina's showdown with Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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