SAN FRANCISCO, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 21st july,2016) - Top seed Venus Williams fended off a spirited challenge in her opening match against world No. 87 Magda Linette at the WTA Tour's Stanford tournament Wednesday as she needed three sets to advance. Former two-time champion Williams defeated Linette 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the hardcourt tournament at Stanford University. The 36-year-old Williams is hoping she doesn't suffer a post-Wimbledon letdown and she now has an easy path to the semi-finals since her next opponent won't be ranked in the top 200 in the world. Williams will face either Catherine Bellis, who is ranked 203rd, or Sachia Vickery who is one spot back of Bellis in the world rankings.