WTA Brazil Cup: Anne Keothavong beaten in straight sets by Kristina Mladenovic
Britain's Anne Keothavong lost her opening match at the WTA Brazil Cup, while top seed Venus Williams cruised through.
Last Updated: 27/02/13 7:08am
Keothavong, the world number 183, went down in straight sets against seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic, who is 125 places higher in the rankings.
Mladenovic, from France, prevailed 6-3 6-4 and will play Germany's Tatjana Malek in the second round of the hardcourt event in Florianopolis.
Top seed Venus Williams eased past Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3 6-3 in her first-round assignment, while fifth seed Magdalena Rybarikova saw off Japanese vetern Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-3 6-0.
But third seed Kirsten Flipkens made an early exit, the Belgian losing 2-6 6-4 6-4 to Russia's Olga Puchkova.