Beijing - Serena Williams edged her way into the quarter-finals of the China
Open on Thursday, claiming victory over Maria Kirilenko in two unconvincing
sets, with the scores finishing 7-5, 7-5.
The American world
number one was forced to summon extra strength at the end of each set as
her Russian opponent became increasingly aggressive.
was poised to claim the first set, being 40-0 ahead with the score at
5-4 in her favour, but after missing three set points, Williams stepped
up a gear to overturn the scoreline.
The top seed was also forced
to come from behind in the second set, with Kirilenko, a former winner
in Beijing in 2005, leading at 4-3. But Williams broke back Kirilenko's
serve before closing in on victory in the third-round match.
was the second unconvincing victory in Beijing for Williams, who only
showed rare moments of her trademark power-play when she overcame
Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-5 in her second-round match.
the quarter-finals, Williams will play either Sloane Stephens or
Caroline Wozniacki, who clash at Beijing's National Tennis Centre on
Eighth seed Jelana Jankovic ruthlessly disposed
of Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in her third-round match, with the Serb
taking both sets 6-0, 6-0.
In the men's tournament, sixth seed
Stanislas Warwinka was dumped out by American Sam Querrey 6-3, 7-6(7/2)
in their second-round match.
The China Open will reach its climax on October 6.Results from the China Open in Beijing on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Men's singles 2nd round
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x6) 6-3, 7-6(7/2)
Women's singles 3rd round
Serena Williams (USA) bt Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 7-5, 7-5
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x8) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x12) 6-0, 6-0