Rome : For the second week in a row, Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit on Thursday defeated the United States’ Venus Williams 6-2, 7-6 (3) to reach the quarter-finals of the Italian Open, a WTA clay court tournament held in Rome.
Kontaveit needed one hour and 19 minutes to earn her second consecutive win over the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, after overcoming world No. 9, Venus.
In her second consecutive quarter-final appearance in Rome, Kontaveit is scheduled to play Danish Caroline Wozniacki, world No. 2, or Russian Anastasija Sevastova.
Kontaveit hopes for a better outcome than her previous last-8 clash in Rome, when she lost to Romanian Simona Halep.
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, world No.4, on Thursday made a strong comeback against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina and advanced to the quarter-finals.
The defending champion took one hour and 36 minutes to defeat Kasatkina, world No. 13, with a score of 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In the quarter-finals, Svitolina is to face the winner of the match between Greece’s Maria Sakkari and Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
Earlier, Romania’s Simona Halep, world No. 1, advanced to the quarter-finals as American Madison Keys had to retire with a right rib injury.
The 2017 Italian Open finalist is set to play either France’s Caroline Garcia or American Sloane Stephens.
“I am really sorry I have to withdraw from this year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia,” Keys said in a statement.
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