Serena storms into last eight in Paris
Originally published on 01/06/16 00:00
Despite the cold, damp weather on Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams showed no signs of being hampered by the slow conditions, as the world No.1 and defending champion powered to a 6-1 6-1 victory over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in just 62 minutes.
“I didn't play my best in the third round and I really wanted to come out and do a lot better and prove that I can do better than that," said Williams, who hit 27 winners during the match.
Williams will now face the unseeded Yulia Putintseva in the quarter-finals after the Kazakh upset No.12 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5 7-5 on Court 2.
"I have been waiting for like two or three days for my fourth-round match,” said Putintseva after reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final. “Of course it was getting nervous and all this stuff because of the weather. I had to change my hotel, as well, because my reservation finished. But I'm happy that in the end the wait was worth it.