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Venus breezes through, Flipkens out in Florianopolis

27 February 2013 01:26

Williams, now ranked 20th in the world, needed just 79 minutes to beat Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3 6-3 following a rain delay on Monday.

The American top seed hit three aces and won 75 percent of points behind her first serve, while Lucic-Baroni was left to rue seven double faults.

Meanwhile, Russia's Olga Puchkova caused the upset of the day, defeating Belgian third seed Kirsten Flipkens 2-6 6-4 6-4.

Slovakian fifth seed Magdalena Rybarikova was more fortunate, accounting for Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-3 6-0.

French seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic prevailed 6-3 6-4 over Britain's Anne Keothavong, while local wildcard Beatriz Haddad Maia overcame Connie Hsu of the United States 6-1 6-2.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza Blanco brushed aside German Kristina Barrois 6-2 6-2, and Hungary's Timea Babos won 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 against Russian Valeria Savinykh.

Germany's Tatjana Malek earned a 6-4 6-2 win over local hope Teliana Pereira, while in the day's final match Slovakian Jana Cepelova upset eight seed Annika Beck 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

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