Florianopolis Gallery: Stars Everywhere
Venus Williams wasn't the only Grand Slam champion and former World No.1 gracing the grounds of the WTA Brasil Tennis Cup this past week - a certain Brazilian sports legend was there too...
Published March 02, 2013 12:00
Fresh off a breakout week in Bogotá, Teliana Pereira got ready at her home event in Florianopolis.
Another Brazilian, Beatriz Haddad Maia, had some very legendary support courtside at her match.
Haddad Maia is coached by Larri Passos, former coach of Gustavo Kuerten - who was also courtside.
Venus Williams played her first round match on Tuesday against fellow veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
Lucic-Baroni fought off seven match points but couldn't fight off the eighth one, falling, 63 63.
No.4 seed Chanelle Scheepers was ousted Wednesday, falling to Timea Babos in straight sets, 61 62.
And Garbiñe Muguruza very nearly picked off No.1 seed Williams in a thriller later that night...
Williams dropped the second set and fell behind 3-1 in the third to a very inspired Muguruza.
But in the end Williams was just too solid, making it past the Spanish teenager in three, 64 26 75.
The top seeds were pressed all week - No.3 seed Kirsten Flipkens was ousted by Olga Puchkova.