Zakopalova advances to second round in Florianopolis

by: AP February 25, 2014

AP

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (AP)—Third-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic cruised into the second round of the Brazil Cup with a 6-3, 6-3 win over 17-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic on Tuesday.

Zakopalova, trying to reach her third final this year, broke Vekic's service twice in the final set to close out the match in the southern city of Florianopolis. Zakopalova was runner up to Kurumi Nara of Japan at last week's Rio Open.

Zakopalova, who turned 32 on Monday, said ''conditions are very tough for me because I don't like the heat very much.''

Brazilian Teliana Pereira, who made her second WTA semifinal in Rio before falling to Zakopalova, defeated seventh-seeded Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain 6-4, 6-3.

Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match.
 

More Stories

Special Olympics coach Vicky Matarazzo continues to touch lives

Matarazzo received the 2004 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award. 

Venus and Serena have always led the fight for gender equality

In 2012, Venus and Serena traveled to Nigeria to promote women's rights. 

How will Angelique Kerber fare in 2017?

After a breakthrough 2016, what does the German have in store for us next year?