Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 16, 2015 10:06 AM
Venus Williams of the United States hits a return shot against Wang Yafan of China during the second round match at the WTA Hong Kong Open tennis tournament in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
HONG KONG (AP) — Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open by beating Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2 Thursday.
The 35-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month. Another win this week would bring her closer to qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
"She is young and will learn," Williams said of the 21-year-old Wang. "She will find out that at this level the ball comes back faster and this is something she will have to cope with."
Williams will next play eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.
Also, seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France beat Anastasiya Komardina of Russia 6-0, 6-2, and second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-2.