World number one Iga Swiatek continued her dominating streak at the Italian Open by defeating Croatian Donna Vekic to reach the quarter-finals.
Swiatek, 21, is in contention for a third consecutive title in Rome and, despite some unconvincing moments against 24th seed Vekic, won 6-3 6-4.
The three-time major champion has won her last 14 matches on clay in Rome.
She will put that record on the line when she faces Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals.
In a round of 16 game pushed back to Tuesday after Monday’s rain in Rome, Swiatek was far from his best and particularly struggled with his forehand.
But she had enough quality to pass Vekic, who had chances to come close but could only take one of his seven break points.
“Donna is an experienced player and can play very well on most surfaces. She put on a lot of pressure, but I’m happy to handle it and get through it,” Swiatek said.
Next up against Rybakina from Kazakhstan, she added: “It won’t be easy, she’s in great shape this season, it will be tough. But I’m ready and comfortable on clay.”