Posted February 27, 2013 on AP on Fox

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Melinda Czink of Hungary shows her frustration after losing a point in her quarter final match against Justine Henin of Belgium during day five of the Brisbane International 2010 at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 7, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Seventh-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France cruised past Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-4, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Brazil Tennis Cup on Thursday. The 58th-ranked Mladenovic broke Czink's serve four times and saved eight break points to win the hardcourt match in southern Brazil. Czink had eliminated second-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the first round and crowd-favorite Bia Haddad Maia in the second. Mladenovic will face Monica Niculescu of Romania, who beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-3, 6-2. Top-seeded Venus Williams, in her first tournament since the Australian Open in January, plays her quarterfinal match against fifth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia later Thursday.
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