Cairns QLD, Australia, 14 October 2016 | David Packman

Qualifier Maddison Inglis has reached the quarterfinals at the Cairns Tennis International after a comprehensive 6-1 6-1 victory over Seone Mendez on Thursday.

The Perth 18-year-old is enjoying her best run during the current Pro Tour series after earning her place in several main draws but being unable to make further in-roads.

Inglis tasted life at the elite level of the game last year after winning the Australian Open 2016 Play-off and making her Grand Slam debut as a wildcard.

Although she gained valuable insight from the experience, she admitted the achievement has brought about a certain weight of expectation.

“I feel like I’m hitting the ball way better now though,” Inglis said. “I’ve just changed my mindset a bit this week and I’m going out there and not letting my nerves get control of me.”

Inglis will face Abigail Tere-Apisah in the quarterfinals on Friday. The Papua New Guinean qualifier has made yet another strong Pro Tour showing in Cairns after reaching the same stage in Brisbane a fortnight ago.

“I know a bit about her but not that much,” Inglis said of the upcoming encounter against Tere-Apisah. “I’ll just need to focus on my own game.”

Fans are assured of at least one Aussie semifinalist as Lizette Cabrera – on a 12-match winning streak after winning Pro Tour titles in Tweed Heads and Brisbane – takes on Olivia Rogowska in the second quarterfinal.

Despite her lower ranking, Cabrera has won their past two matches, including their semifinal in Tweed Heads.

Top-seeded American Asia Muhammad and third seed Miyu Kato of Japan round out the draw when they meet Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) and Sandra Zaniewska (POL) respectively.

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