Dominant Williams sees off Konta to reach Rome quarters

Dominant Williams sees off Konta to reach Rome quarters

The Friday quarterfinals will see (6) Halep vs. (Q) Kontaveit, (15) Bertens vs. (Q) Gavrilova, (2) Pliskova vs. (8) Svitolina, and (3) Muguruza vs. (9) Williams.

"My whole thing about it is to try to win my match no matter who I play against", the American said. "It's one of my favorite places on earth, so that's one of the reasons why I have always come here".

The world number six and British number one was outplayed in the first set of the round of 16 match in Rome, going down 6-1, but she bounced back to win the second 6-3. Today Venus was stronger physically and dominated the first set.

Williams lost to her sister in the final of the Australian Open at the start of the year and will sense an opportunity to add a first French Open title to her collection in just over a week's time.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, faces either Julia Gorges or Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals.

"But I think it's very hard to do like what Halep did".

Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit, who defeated world number one Angelique Kerber yesterday, continued to build momentum with a 6-1 6-1 victory over 16th-seed Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

"I thought I played really great".

"I'm not thinking a lot about French Open". That was the plan.

Halep, a victor on clay at the Madrid Open on Saturday, was dominant for the most part against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova but had to regain her composure in a 6-1 4-6 6-0 success.

"I love this tournament, and I love Rome", Venus said. Pavlyuchenkova collected 26 winners but also had 37 unforced errors.

Unseeded Daria Gavrilova stunned Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 2-6 7-5 6-4 to reach the last eight, where she will play Kiki Bertens - a 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 victor over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, the 15th seed, advanced with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation; second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic beat Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, 6-1, 7-5, and eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine posted a 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 win over Germany's Mona Barthel.