Hong Kong - Former world number one Jelena
Jankovic breezed through to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday
in a straight sets victory that took just under an hour.
Ranked fourth in the competition, she beat
Australia's Anastasia Rodionova 6-0, 6-2 and will meet sixth seed Daria
Gavrilova of Russia in the last eight.
"It was a good match for me,"
Jankovic told reporters.
"I'm feeling better today than I did
yesterday. I think the first match is always very tough, to feel the
conditions, the court. Today I felt a little bit lighter on my feet."
Jankovic, 30, has never played 21-year-old
"She's a young and up and coming
player and she's had a great season. It will be our first encounter and I look
forward to playing it," she said.
Australian Samantha Stosur beat Puerto
Rico's Monica Puig 6-4 6-4 to secure her quarter-final place.
Stosur will play Britain's Heather Watson
who beat Taiwan's Lee Ya-hsuan in three sets on Wednesday.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus
Williams will play her second-round match Thursday, when she takes on Wang
Ya-fan of China.
Williams, 35, is fighting for a place in
the eight-player WTA Finals in Singapore later this month with Hong Kong her
last chance to get the points she needs.
She is currently 11th in the Road to
World number nine Angelique Kerber takes on
Kurumi Nara in her second-round match, also on Thursday.