Konta sweeps past Venus to reach Italian Open quarter-finals

Johanna Konta. (AFP pic)

ROME: Britain’s Johanna Konta brushed aside former champion Venus Williams to reach the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.

Konta had earlier beat another American Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-1 as competitors play two games to make up for Wednesday’s rain washout.

Williams, the 1999 Rome winner, was handed a third-round ticket after sister Serena pulled out with a knee injury before they were due to meet.