Brisbane International: Top-seeded defending champion Elina Svitolina crashes out against Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Sasnovich displayed some breathtaking shot-making in the first set before Svitolina stormed back in the second, but the Belarusian broke Svitolina twice in the third set to seal victory.
Brisbane: Top seed and defending champion Elina Svitolina crashed out of the Brisbane International at the hands of Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Wednesday.
In a replay of last year's final, Sasnovich reversed that result as she ousted Svitolina 6-4, 0-6, 6-3. The Belarusian displayed some breathtaking shot-making in the first set before Svitolina stormed back in the second.
But Sasnovich continued to go for her shots and broke Svitolina twice in the third set to seal victory and book a quarter-final against Croatian Donna Vekic.
Vekic continued her good form when she downed Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens in three sets 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-5.
Vekic looked in trouble when she was down 4-5 in the third with Bertens serving for the match, but the Croatian fought back to win the next three games and book her place in the quarter-finals.
"I'm really happy to have this kind of match in the first tournament, to see how much I can push myself," she said, adding, "obviously I can play long, play good and win, so I'm really happy about that."
Estonia's Annet Kontaveit caused a boilover when she beat fourth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova 7-5, 7-6 (7/1).
Kontaveit, whose compatriot Kaia Kanepi won this tournament in 2012, was too consistent for Kvitova, who was backing up after a three-hour first-round win over Danielle Collins late Tuesday afternoon.
"We played each other quite a lot of times last year so I knew it was going to be tough from the beginning. I was just trying to hang in there in the second set. I'm just so happy," Kontaveit said.
Latvian Anastasija Sevastova earlier thrashed British qualifier Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-0.
Former champion Karolina Pliskova downed fellow countrywoman Marie Bouzkova 7-5, 6-2 and will face off against Australia's Alja Tomljanovic in the quarter-finals.
Tomljanovic secured her place in the last eight with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) win over Britain's Johanna Konta.
Italian Open: Top seed Ashleigh Barty enters third round with staright sets win over Yaroslava Shvedova
Barty overcame an early break of serve to see off Shvedova, a three-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist making her way back after giving birth to twins.
Thiem won 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-0 in two hours and 33 minutes against 44th-ranked Fucsovics in the clay-court tournament which acts as a warm-up for the French Open in which the Austrian has twice finished runner-up.
French tennis federation director-general Amelie Oudea-Castera said potential spectators at the 30 May - 13 June Grand Slam must demonstrate proof that they had a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of attendance, or bear a certificate of vaccination.