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Venus Williams fights off upset bid

Feb. 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Venus Williams outlasted Garbine Muguruza Wednesday to earn a quarterfinal berth in the Brazil Tennis Cup.

Muguruza, 19, is ranked 96th in the world, but she made the top-seeded Williams work hard for a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win that set up a meeting with No. 5 seed Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza survived three match points before falling to the seven-time major championship winner.

Rybarikova fought off qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany in the second round 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

In other second-round matches involving seeded players, Timea Babos surprised No. 4 Channelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-2 and No. 7 Kristina Mladenovic ousted Tatjana Malek 6-2, 6-1.

Melinda Czink also defeated Beatriz Haddad 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), Olga Puchkova rallied past Caroline Garcia 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and Monica Niculescu cruised by Tereza Mrdeza 6-1, 6-1.

Czink will face Mladenovic in the quarterfinals, Puchkova will play Jana Cepelova and Niculescu will meet Babos.

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