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.