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Venus Williams into quarters

Updated: August 1, 2014, 8:56 AM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- 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 and made her professional debut at the event, and the crowd clearly supports 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).

"It ...

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