| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

 

Jelena Jankovic rolled to a surprisingly easy 6-0, 6-1 win Thursday over Venus Williams in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open. Williams struggled with her serve throughout the match and could never really get going. Unforced errors were ultimately her downfall. This was Venus's first tournament since returning after a month on the sideline because of right knee tendinitis. Jankovic who improves to 6-5 lifetime against Venus, will now face Venus's sister Serena in one semifinal. Serena who had been out with a left knee injury since winning the Australian Open in January, took care of Maria Kirilenko in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

In the other half of the draw, Ana Ivanovic stayed hot and defeated 14th-seeded Nadia Petrova 6-2, 7-5 and will now face 26th-ranked Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain. She defeated Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 6-4. With her ranking down to 58th, Ivanovic recently hired Steffi Graf’s old coach, Heinz Gunthardt, to improve her game and so far it has paid off for Ana.