Charleston:Venus Williams cruised into the Family Circle Cup quarterfinals Thursday, routing China's Chan Yung-Jan 6-2, 6-1.
Williams, unseeded and in her fourth tournament since recovering from a wrist injury earlier in the year, needed just over an hour to win the match on a bright, breezy day on the green clay at Daniel Island.
In Friday's quarterfinals, Williams, ranked No 29, will face Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, a 6-4, 7-5 winner over eighth-seeded Li Na of China.
Williams won in Memphis in her return, advanced to the third round in Miami and made the quarterfinals last week at Amelia Island.
"I've been off so long and I'm eager to play and I'm eager to get my ranking up and I want to play matches," she said. "I'm excited about the snowball effect."
Second-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, ranked No 9 and the highest remaining seed in the $1.3 million event, had an even easier time than Williams.
Jankovic defeated Mara Santangelo of Italy 6-3, 6-0 in 47 minutes, losing only six points in the second set. It's Jankovic's fourth appearance in Charleston, but until this week she never survived the second round. Last year, Jankovic lost to a qualifier.
"I'm now in the top 10 and I'm just a different player," she said. "I really don't have to prove anything to anybody, but all I want is just to enjoy my game, play my game."
Jankovic will meet Katrina Srebotnik of Slovenia, a 7-5, 7-6 (5), winner over Zheng Jie of China, in the quarterfinals.
Fourth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia also won in straight sets, defeating Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, 6-2, 6-2. Safina will face Tatiana Golovin of France, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 winner over Peng Shaui of China.
Golovin captured the first tour victory of her career last week at Amelia Island and said success builds confidence.
"It's one of the most important things," she said. "A lot of top players sometimes win matches they shouldn't win because they have confidence even if they aren't playing that well. And I think that's what I'm building up to."
Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, who earlier this week defeated the tournament's top-seed, Nicole Vaidisova, also advanced with a 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1 win over Sybille Bammer of Austria.
She will meet ninth-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who defeated seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 6-3, 6-3 in the Thursday night match.