DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Venus Williams pummeled Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match between former world No. 1s at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.
Williams showed the form that once delivered her seven Grand Slam titles.
Ivanovic couldn't take advantage of the two break-point opportunities Williams offered in the sixth game of the first set.
"I'm just trying to play well every day, take one point at a time and learn from my mistakes every match, try to go out there relaxed with a clear mind," said Williams, who won back-to-back Dubai titles in 2009 and 2010.
A wild card entrant, Williams lost only seven total points in her other six service games as she moved to a 9-2 record against Ivanovic. However, the Serbian had won their last encounter in a three-set Auckland final last month.
"We've played many times in the past," Ivanovic said. "I definitely think she was a lot more aggressive (than in Auckland). She was stepping in the court way more, coming to the net more often."
In the quarterfinals, Williams will play Italian qualifier Flavia Pennetta, who upset second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-1.
"The conditions for me are tough," Radwanska said. "The ball was really flying.
"When I don't feel the ball, it's not good."