Williams through to semi-finals in Stanford

Top seed Venus Williams booked her spot in the semi-finals of the Bank of the West Classic after breezing past Catherine Bellis 6-4, 6-1. 

Williams has enjoyed a resurgence in form as of late as she recently made it to the semi-finals of Wimbledon and won the doubles event with her sister Serena.

Williams will go up against Alison Riske, who won her match after fourth seed Coco Vandeweghe retired midway through.

In the other semi-final, second seed Dominika Cibulkova, who beat Misaki Doi 7-5, 6-0, will take on third seed Johanna Konata after she triumphed over Saisai Zheng 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.