Tennis

Venus rues poor fitness

Fourth seed Venus Williams blamed poor fitness for her 6-3, 6-1 second-round defeat by Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic at the St Petersburg Trophy on Thursday.

"Today I wasn't in my best of health. I felt pain in my legs," said the 36-year-old.

Second seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia progressed to the last eight, after beating Croatian Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2.

She will meet fifth seed Elena Vesnina, who beat Alize Cornet 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the quarter-finals. - AFP

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