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Puchkova upsets Williams in Brazil



Olga Puchkova upset top-seeded Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final of the Brazil Tennis Cup on Friday.

The 109th-ranked Russian will play the final of the hardcourt tournament in southern Brazil against Monica Niculescu of Romania, who easily defeated seventh-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-0, 6-2.

Puchkova broke the visibly tired Williams late in the second and third sets to close out the match in 2 hours, 31 minutes.

Williams was playing in her first tournament since losing to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open in January.



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