London: Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, on Monday became the oldest Wimbledon women`s quarter-finalist for 22 years. She achieved the feat by defeating Spanish 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.
Williams, 36, is the oldest to make the last eight since 37-year-old Martina Navratilova`s run to the final in 1994.
In her match with Navarro, the eighth seed Venus, was broken twice in the first three games of the first set, but recovered from 3-0 and 5-3 down to win it in a tie-break.
Venus will be making her 12th appearance in the last eight at Wimbledon, and her first since 2010, when she faces Kazakhstan`s Yaroslava Shvedova for a place in the semi-finals.
Since the 2010 US Open, Williams will be bidding for her first Grand Slam semi-final appearance.
(With Agency inputs)