WTA Tour

Williams advances to quarters

2013-02-28 07:24
Venus Williams (AP)

Florianopolis - Venus Williams beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Brazil Tennis Cup on Wednesday.

Williams converted on her fourth match point to beat the 96th-ranked Muguruza in 2 hours, 12 minutes on hard-court at the southern Brazilian city of Florianopolis.

The American had squandered three match points at 5-4 after getting back on serve late in the third set, but finally closed out the match with her first break point of the final game.

The 20th-ranked Williams is the top-seeded player in Brazil. She is playing her first tournament since losing to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open in January.

Williams will now play fifth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, who defeated qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany of Spain 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The 52nd-ranked Rybarikova saved 13 of the 21 break opportunities she conceded in the match that lasted 2 hours, 33 minutes.

Earlier on Wednesday, Timea Babos of Hungary beat fourth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-1, 6-2. The 133rd-ranked Babos broke Scheepers' serve five times. Scheepers, ranked 60th in the world, had eight break points but converted only one of them.

Babos will play Monica Niculescu of Romania, who easily beat defeated Tereza Mrdeza of Croatia 6-1, 6-1.

Olga Puchkova of Russia continued her remarkable run with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Caroline Garcia of France. Puchkova upset third-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the first round.

Puchkova will play the quarter-finals against Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, who beat eighth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany 7-6 (6), 6-4.

Melinda Czink of Hungary, who eliminated second-seeded and 34th-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the first round, defeated Brazilian Bia Haddad Maia 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) to set up a quarter-final match against Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who cruised past Tatjana Malek of Germany 6-2, 6-1.

Read more on:    brazil tennis cup  |  venus williams  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.