ROME, Italy - Anett Kontaveit continued her scintillating form at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia as she dispatched 16th seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-1, 6-1.
The Estonian, who beat WTA World No.1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets on Wednesday, took just 20 minutes to wrap up the first set, smashing down an ace to wrap it up in style.
"It feels great," she said afterwards. "My first time in the quarterfinals in such a big event. It's really exciting."
The 35-year-old Croatian made a stronger start to the second set but ultimately could not prevent Kontaveit from making the break in the opening game.
And in under an hour, the qualifier had doubled the break and was on her way through to the last eight.
Lucic-Baroni was faced with the prospect of having to serve to stay in it, but the Estonian was simply too powerful, forcing her opponent to send a shot long on match point.
"I thought I played really great," said Kontaveit. "I managed to do all the right things and stay with her. That was the plan.
"Of course you have goals and dreams. But I just try to take it really match by match and focus on every tournament and all these matches.
"It's all really new to me, I'm still gaining a lot of experience and getting used to all of these things. So that's the main focus."