BEIJING, Sep 20 (Reuters) World number three Jelena Jankovic ruthlessly disposed of Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-0 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open today.
Having been forced to wait until day four of the 0,000 tournament to open her quest for a fifth title of the season, Jankovic was in no mood to waste any more time and had a 3-0 lead inside seven minutes.
Ruano Pascual, who is 34 on Friday, had won just five games in two previous defeats at the hands of Jankovic and simply had no answer to the Serbian's power and mobility.
The hapless Spaniard served three winners in 45 minutes of play as Jankovic secured a quarter-final tie against Japan's Akiko Morigami, who beat compatriot Aiko Nakamura 7-5 6-3 in her second round match.
After the withdrawal of Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jankovic should fancy her chances in Beijing even if Lindsay Davenport may lie in wait in the semi-finals.
Davenport, who beat Jankovic last week, continued her remarkable comeback by beating Greek Eleni Daniilidou 7-5 6-3 to reach a quarter-final against Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva.
The former world number one needed to show some grit, however, coming back from 1-3 down in both sets of a hard-fought encounter at the touranment where she made her last appearance before her retirement last year.
Davenport, who has her three-month old son Jagger with her in Beijing, has now won seven matches out of seven since returning with a tournament win in Bali last week.
''I got off to a slow start but in the end I was able to make fewer errors and force her to make errors that she wasn't making at the beginning,'' said the 31-year-old American.
''I don't know why it's been going so well, it has felt easy but I think that's more to do with the fact that it's been fun and I've enjoyed it.'' World number 15 Dementieva broke Austria's Tamira Paszek in the first game and never looked back, wrapping up a 6-2 6-0 victory in 51 minutes.
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