By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Amelie Mauresmo strode confidently into the quarter-finals with a comfortable 7-5 6-3 win over Silvia Farina Elia.
Mauresmo is looking to reach her second Wimbledon semi-final
The fourth seed edged a 51-minute first set after gaining the crucial break in the final game of the set.
However she upped the pressure in the second set and Farina Elia's challenge fell away.
The Italian 14th seed offered little resistance as Mauresmo wrapped up victory.
Mauresmo said she was happy with her progress.
"I have a good feeling and a good sensation on this surface," she said.
"It took me a few years to understand how to play on grass and I have a few things which I can improve but overall I am pretty happy."
Martina Navratilova has tipped Mauresmo as a possible champion and she added: "It is a huge compliment. Martina invented the game on this surface."
The Frenchwoman will take on Paola Suarez in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The Argentine reached the last eight of Wimbledon for the first time with a 4-6 6-0 6-2 victory over Rita Grande.
Suarez, seeded ninth, was tested by her Italian opponent early on and, despite saving three set points at 5-3 down, surrendered the opening set 6-4.
But she recovered with some style in the second, taking just 29 minutes to race to the set without losing a game.
The 28-year-old edged out Grande in the decider with her powerful forehands and sealed the win with a neat drop shot.