Svetlana Kuznetsova, the two-time Grand Slam champion and former Eastbourne winner, marched into the 2014 French Open quarter-finals by tearing past Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-4.
In what could be a repeat match at Eastbourne’s 2014 Aegon International, the Russian world #28 once more reeled back the years at Roland Garros with a clinical display.
And Kuznetsova, who won the 2009 French Open, is aiming to repeat that feat despite beginning the Grand Slam as a 100-1 outsider.
Kuznetsova edged out another Eastbourne-bound Czech, ex-Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, in a thrilling 3rd Round three set encounter but Safarova did not pose the same problems and was soon dismissed.
Safarova, having accounted for 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic in the previous round, lacked the guile to deal with Kuznetsova’s power game that takes her into a tricky tie against world #4 Simona Halep of Romania.