WTA Tour

Serena eases into quarters

Serena Williams (Getty)
Serena Williams (Getty)

Cincinnati - World No 1 Serena Williams eased past Italy's Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Cincinnati WTA quarter-finals on Thursday.

She will face fellow American Sloane Stephens or Serbia's Jelena Jankovic for a place in the semi-finals.

Results on Thursday, the fifth day of the Cincinnati ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tournament (x denotes seeded player):

Men

3rd rd

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x14) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1

Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 7-5, 6-1

Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Andy Murray (GBR x8) bt John Isner (USA) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

Women

3rd rd

Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA x13) 6-2, 6-2

Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x15) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x16) 6-4, 7-5

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