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Venus Williams Holds off Muguruza in Brazil

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(February 27, 2013) Playing her first match since losing in the third round of the Australian Oepn, No. 20 Venus Williams fought off No. 96 Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Brazil Tennis Cup on Wednesday in Florianopolis.

Top seed Williams closed out the match on her fourth match point to stop Muguruza in 2 hours, 12 minutes after rallying from a break down in the final set.

Williams will now face fifth seed Magdalena Rybarikova  for a spot in the semifinals.

WTA BRASIL TENNIS CUP
Florianopolis, Brazil
February 24-March 2, 2013
$235,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(1) Venus Williams (USA) d. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 64 26 75
Timea Babos (HUN) d. (4) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 61 62
(5) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (Q) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) 64 36 64
(7) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 62 61
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. (Q) Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) 61 61
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. (WC) Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 16 62 76(3) (saved 3mp)
Olga Puchkova (RUS) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 36 63 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Molinero/Pérez (ARG/VEN) 61 61
(3) Babos/Date-Krumm (HUN/JPN) d. Peer/Scheepers (ISR/RSA) 62 62
Keothavong/Savinykh (GBR/RUS) d. Alves/Lucic-Baroni (BRA/CRO) 62 16 119 (Match TB)
Barrois/Malek (GER/GER) d. (WC) Forte/Haddad Maia (BRA/BRA) 63 62

Order Of Play – Thursday, February 28, 2013
Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Melinda Czink
2. Keothavong/Savinykh vs. Barrois/Malek
3. Olga Puchkova vs. Jana Cepelova (NB 18.00hrs)
4. Venus Williams vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Monica Niculescu vs. Timea Babos
2. Medina Garrigues/Shvedova vs. Babos/Date-Krumm (NB 17.30hrs; after suitable rest)

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