LONDON (AFP) - Reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams said on Saturday she was prepared to forgive fellow American player Justin Gimelstob for a tirade of abuse aimed at women players. In an extraordinary outburst on a US radio station, Gimelstob called Russian glamour girl Anna Kournikova "a bitch" and described Czech star Nicole Vaidisova as "a well-developed young lady". The 31-year-old veteran of the men's tour also claimed female players "lack the social skills, they don't go to high school, they don't go to parties". He has apologised for his outburst, but was strongly criticised on Friday by Serena Williams. But Venus - the other half of the most powerful women's duo in tennis - said Gimelstob, her former doubles partner, deserved to be forgiven. "I don't know in great detail what the whole issue is, but I've heard that he issued an apology and is donating some money to I think, the Women's Sports Foundation," Venus said. "So I think that we should accept his apology and allow him to move on and continue to contribute to tennis." Venus , the champion at the All England Club on four occasions, eased into the last 16 after beating Maria Jose Martinez of Spain 6-1, 7-5 and will face Russia's Alisa Kleybanova for a place in the quarter-finals.