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Venus Williams upset in Brazil

Updated: March 1, 2013, 8:37 PM ET
Associated Press

FLORIANOPOLIS, 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 outdoor hardcourt tournament in southern Brazil against Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated seventh-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-0, 6-2.

Puchkova broke Williams's serve late in the second and third sets to close out the match in 2 hours, 31 minutes, reaching her first ...

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