Venus Williams (pictured) beat Victoria Azarenka by a 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) score.
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
American Venus Williams spoiled Victoria Azarenka's 25th birthday Thursday by beating the Belarusian in the second round at the Bank of the West Classic, a U.S. Open Series tennis event.
Williams beat Azarenka, the No. 4 seed, by a 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) score on the hardcourts at Taube Family Tennis Center. The former top-ranked Williams titled here in 2000 and 2002 and is a five-time Stanford runner-up.
Williams improved to 4-0 lifetime against Azarenka, who titled here in 2010.
Next up for Williams is No. 8 seed Andrea Petkovic, who won her second round match on Wednesday.