Venus Williams of the United States tosses the ball as she serves 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 (Photo: AP)
Venus Williams brushed aside Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open.
Williams will next play eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who outlasted Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.
The 143rd-ranked Want struggled with her serve throughout the match against Williams, and failed to convert three break points in the seventh game of the second set.
The 21-year-old Wang said ''I have only seen Venus Williams on television before and to be playing such a famous player on court was a big honor for me, but I was very nervous.''
Seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France also reached the quarterfinals by defeating Anastasiya Komardina of Russia 6-0, 6-2.
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