• Venus topples birthday girl Azarenka


    STANFORD: Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford. The 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) triumph kept Williams on course for a possible semifinals showdown with her sister Serena, the world number one and top seed who will take on Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals on Friday.



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