Brisbane - Alize Cornet of France stunned second seed
Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 7-5 to send the Slovakian world number five crashing
out of the Brisbane International on Thursday.
Cornet was in irresistible form as she blunted everything
Cibulkova threw at her to reach the semi-finals of the season-opening WTA
The Frenchwoman, ranked 41 in the world, served for the
match at 5-2 and 5-4 only for Cibulkova to break back both times.
But at 5-5 Cornet broke Cibulkova again and this time she
held on to win in 123 minutes.
She will play the winner of the later quarter-final between
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Garbine Muguruza for a place in Saturday's final.