Venus tops 4th seed Azarenka at Stanford

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Venus Williams feels like the hometown girl when she plays at Stanford even though she grew up in Southern California and currently resides in Florida.

She has enjoyed a lot of success here, made her professional debut at the event, and the crowd was clearly supporting her.

"It's nice to have that support," Williams said after advancing to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night, beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1).

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3 R. Federer 6,070
4 S. Wawrinka 5,770
5 T. Berdych 4,410
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4 P. Kvitova 6,070
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6 M. Sharapova 4,881
7 E. Bouchard 4,460
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