Williams eases into semi-finals
Top seed Venus Williams eased into the semi-finals of the Brasil Tennis Cup on a day when competitive matches were thin on the ground.
Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova threatened to give the American a tough game but in the end Williams overwhelmed her opponent to claim a 6-4 6-0 win.
In the next round she will face Russia's Olga Puchkova, whose own quarter-final win was even more comprehensive, 6-1 6-1 over another Slovakian, Jana Cepelova.
The other semi-final will be between French seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic and Monica Niculescu of Romania, who both beat Hungarian opponents in straight sets.
Mladenovic saw off Melinda Czink 6-4 6-3, while Niculescu was a 6-3 6-2 winner over Timea Babos.
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