Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated Olga
Puchkova of Russia 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the final of the Brazil Tennis Cup
to win her first WTA title on Saturday. Niculescu had been runner-up
twice on tour before finally breaking
through at the outdoor hard-court tournament in southern Brazil. The
109th-ranked Puchkova, who ended with six double faults, had upset
top-seeded Venus Williams in three sets in Friday's semifinals.