Paris:Top seed Dinara Safina's stroll through the French Open continued on Sunday as she brushed aside France's Aravane Rezai 6-1, 6-0 in another centre-court mismatch to reach the last eight.
The 23-year-old Russian has conceded just five games in four matches as she closes in on winning a first Grand Slam title and proving to herself and her detractors that she is a worthy World No.1.
If it was a perfect outcome for Safina, it was a poor advertisement for women's tennis as the stage-struck Frenchwoman, who won her first tournament as a professional in Strasbourg earlier this month, capitulated in just 53 minutes. "Getting into the quarter-finals like this feels good," said Safina.
"I remember Australia (where she reached the final) this year and I don't know how many hours I needed there so I am feeling good right now.
"Since I became number one I am playing better and better."
Also through to the last eight for the first time in her career was Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia who defeated Agnes Szavay of Hungary 6-2, 6-4.
Later in the day, defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia was playing Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and former world No.1 Maria Sharapova was up against Li Na who was bidding to become the first Chinese player to reach the last eight at Roland Garros.
Safina's quickfire win was her 18th win out of 19 matches on clay this season and confirmed her status as favourite to win her first Grand Slam title.
Rezai, playing for just the second time in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, started as a rank outsider, but she had the first glimpse of an opening with a break point in the third game.
Safina comfortably brushed that aside and then, helped by two double faults from her opponent, broke serve in the following game to lead 3-1.
The world No.1 then stepped on the accelerator to also take the next three games and the set in just 30 minutes. It was more of the same in the second set as Rezai looked helpless to counter her much bigger and more physical opponent.
Safina bagged an early break of serve and jumped out into a 4-0 lead from which there was no way back for the struggling Frenchwoman.
Cibulkova, at 1.61 metres one of the smallest players on the WTA circuit, dominated the rallies against Szavay from the start of their match jumping out into a 4-0 lead.
The Hungarian, who stunned Venus Williams in the third round, steadied the ship in the fifth game but by that time the first set was out of her reach, Cibulkova taking it 6-2 in 38 minutes.
Cibulkova wiped out an early break against her in the second set as she won five games in a row but failed to convert a match point in the following game and had to wait till her next service game to wrap things up.
She will next go up against the winner of the tie between Sharapova and Li knowing that she has already taken a step up the career ladder at Roland Garros.
"I have nothing to lose from now on in," the Slovak said. "I was injured before Roland Garros (leg muscle) and didn't play the big tournaments, so I was a bit afraid. But now it's amazing."