Williams reaches last four

  • Last Updated: March 1 2013, 8:11 GMT

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.

Venus Williams: Has reached the semi-finals

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.

Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week