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Zakopalova advances to 2nd round in Brazil Cup

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Zakopalova wins Brazil Cup for 3rd career title

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Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic returns to Kurumi Nara of Japan during the final match at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb.23, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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.

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