WTA Tour

Venus breezes past Watson in Silicon Valley Classic

Venus Williams (Getty)
Venus Williams (Getty)

California - Venus Williams beat Heather Watson 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Thursday night in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

The third-seeded Williams is the highest-seeded player remaining in the event after defending champion Madison Keys joined top-seed Garbine Muguruza, a Wednesday scratch, on the sideline due to a right wrist injury. 

Keys, an American, was slated to play Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over lucky-loser Magdalena Frech of Poland. 

"I have been feeling pain in my wrist over the last couple of days and felt worse today," Keys said in a statement. 

Romanian fifth-seed Mihaela Buzarnescu beat 16-year-old American qualifier Amanda Anisimova 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 to reach her seventh WTA quarter-final of the season.

Buzarnescu rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the opening set, and broke Anisimova's serve to start the third set en route to a 4-0 lead. 

Maria Sakkari of Greece won 11 straight games against Hungarian Timea Babos, winning 6-0, 6-1. Sakkari will play Williams in the quarter-finals.

Results from WTA San Jose tournament on Thursday (x denotes seed):

Second round

Venus Williams (USA x3) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Maria Sakkari (GRE) bt Tímea Babos (HUN x8) 6-0, 6-1

Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM x5) bt Amanda Anisimova (USA) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1

Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) bt Magdalena Frech (POL) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

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