After withdrawals of the top two seeds Garbine Muguruza and Madison Keys, the highest ranked player left in the tournament was the ageless Venus Williams. And so far so good for the 38-year-old.
In her San Jose opener yesterday, Venus pulled away in the end over a tough Heather Watson scoring a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory.
“It was a tough match and she played incredible. There were times where I had no answers. This court here is amazing and I’ll be back tomorrow,” Williams said.
“[I just wanted to] control the points and enjoy the battle, just get out there and try to do what I know that I can. It worked out, thankfully.”
Venus will meet Maria Sakkari today in the quarterfinals.
Victoria Azarenka returns to take on Danielle Collins and Elise Mertens meets Johanna Konta.
No. 5 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu battles Ajla Tomljanovic.
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