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Williams scrapes through to quarters, Scheepers out

28 February 2013 05:19

Top seed Venus Williams survived a fightback from Garbine Muguruza of Spain to win 6-4 2-6 7-5 at the WTA Brasil Tennis Cup.

Williams looked in trouble when she was broken in her second service game of the third set but broke Muguruza three times to claim the match and advance to the quarter-finals of the WTA International event in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Muguruza started well on Wednesday, breaking Williams in the opening game and then holding to love to gain a 2-0 lead.

But Williams won six of the next eight games to take the opening set 6-4 in 43 minutes.

Muguruza lost just five points on her serve in the second set to draw level with Williams but the 19-year-old Spaniard struggled in the third set, allowing the American to triumph and set up a quarter-final with Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.

The 24-year-old Slovak, who is seeded fifth in Florianopolis, also had to get through three sets to reach the final eight, knocking off Spain's Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-4 3-6 6-4, while French seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic won 6-2 6-1 against Tatjana Malek of Germany.

South African fourth seed, Chanelle Scheepers, was the only seeded player to be eliminated on Wednesday.

Timea Babos of Hungary smashed Scheepers, breaking the 28-year-old South African five times to win 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour.

Babos' compatriot Melinda Czink needed to come from behind to advance to the quarter-finals, overcoming local hope Beatriz Haddad Maia 1-6 6-2 7-6 (7-3), while Russia's Olga Puchkova defeated Caroline Garcia of France 3-6 6-3 6-3 and Monica Niculescu of Romania triumphed 6-1 6-1 against Croatia's Tereza Mrdeza.

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