ROME, ITALY - MAY 18: Venus Williams of USA (R) shakes hands with Johanna Konta of Great Britain after her 2-1 victory in the women's third round match on Day Five of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2017 at the Foro Italico on May 18, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Williams Snaps Losing Streak Against Konta, Halep Advances in Rome

ROME, Italy -- After losing three-times in a row to Johanna Konta, Venus Williams finally snapped the losing streak with a three-set victory in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Thursday.

Williams won the match 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal clash with Roland Garros defending champion Garbine Muguruza, who took out Julia Goerges7-5, 6-4.

"In the first set I was happy to have been able to close it out with a double break," said Williams about her performance. "In the second set, it was like sometimes I felt like there were moments where I had a chance and she would have a strong hold and it was just one break. And in the second, I just kind of felt like I want to do the right things out here. It was really a moment of that.

"Playing the big points well, and she gave me a few errors, which is always helpful," said Williams.

Muguruza, who's entering Roland Garros and the defending champion, is having an underwhelming 2017 season so far.

"I think people, if it's asking if I'm going to win the French Open again, I'm, like, I don't know," said Muguruza after her win on Thursday. "I think it's not a very logic question when they ask me these. I'm, like, Yeah, hopefully.

"But I think it's very hard to do like what Halep did. She won Madrid and next year she wins the same tournament. I think that's very hard to do, and especially like Grand Slams.

"I'm not thinking a lot about French Open. Everybody is asking me, since one month, all the questions are about French Open. I'm, like, I know it's there. I know I'm the defending champion. Hey, not a lot of girls can say that. So I will take it in a positive way and we will see what happens, said Muguruza.

In other women's matches, No. 6 seed Simona Halep defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 to set up a quarterfinal battle with Anett Kontaveit, who took out Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Halep, who successfully defended her Madrid Open title last week, has emerged as one of the Roland Garros favorites.

"It's tough to say, to talk about the next Grand Slam," said Halep. "It's difficult. And I don't want to comment much, because I don't what is going to happen.

"But in this position now, in this moment, I feel confident. I feel that I have my chance.

"But as we all know, every match is different. Even if I won against some players, maybe next tournament I will lose against them. But is nothing the same.

"So is different, and I just want to go through the weeks exactly the same with confidence and giving everything, said Halep.

Daria Gavrilova beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. Next up for Gavrilova is Kiki Bertens, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(3), 6-1.

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