Venus Williams was glad the weather held off for her match
Watched by pregnant sister Serena in the stands, she rattled off a 6-3, 6-1 win before heavy rain started falling on Roland Garros, ending play prematurely.
“I was definitely ready for it to come down,” she said. “There was a massive lightning strike during my warmup but it never came. So that was amazing.
“Definitely some unexpectedly good weather. I hope it holds.”
She has breezed through her rounds so far, not dropping a single set, but ahead of a quarter-final against Timea Bacsinszky – who beat her at the same stage last year – Williams laughed off concerns that she has not really been tested during this campaign.
Serena Williams was in the stands to watch her sister in action
I’m not looking for any tests – I’m looking to run away with it
“I’m not looking for any tests – I’m looking to run away with it,” she said, smiling.
“My goal is to improve every round and today I feel like I improved even more than the last rounds and played the big points well.
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“I feel confident that the next round is going to be another opportunity to improve and to play better and to play better. That’s my focus at the moment.
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“She’s had great results in this tournament two years in a row, and last year she played flawless. She deserved the win.
“This year, of course, I have an opportunity to play better and that's what I'm going to try to do.”