Tsvetana Pironkova

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Tsvetana Pironkova
Tsvetana Pironkova 2011-06-14 B portrait.jpg
Tsvetana Pironkova at the 2011 AEGON International
Full name Tsvetana Kirilova Pironkova
Country  Bulgaria
Residence Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Born (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 27)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $ 3,144,289
Singles
Career record 339 - 247
Career titles 1 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 31 (13 September 2010)
Current ranking No. 43 (13 October 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
French Open 2R (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014)
Wimbledon SF (2010)
US Open 4R (2012)
Doubles
Career record 13 28
Career titles 0 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 141 (23 March 2009)
Current ranking No. 370 (13 October 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2007, 2009)
French Open 2R (2006, 2008)
Wimbledon 2R (2011, 2013)
US Open 2R (2008)
Last updated on: 13 October 2014.

Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgarian: ) (born 13 September 1987) is a top-100 Bulgarian tennis player and the current no. 1 Bulgarian female player. As of June 2014, she is ranked world no.40 by the WTA. Pironkova is right-handed and plays with a two-handed backhand. She is best known for reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2010, and for defeating Venus Williams three times at Grand Slam tournaments. She has won one WTA title and six ITF titles in her career. Pironkova has been recognized by The New York Times for her "cerebral" grass-court abilities, and named one of the most beautiful women in sports by MSN.[1][2]

Early life and Junior career[edit]

Pironkova was born in 1987 to Kiril Enchev Pironkov, a former canoeing champion, and Radosveta Chinkova Nikolova, a former swimming champion.[3] She started playing tennis at the age of 4,[3] when her father Kiril introduced her to the game. Kiril later became her coach.[4]

Pironkova plays right-handed, and uses a double backhand.[4] In 2001, Pironkova won the Atlantic Cup International Junior Tournament held in Bulgaria,[5] and her career-high in juniors was world no. 227 in March 2002.[6]

Professional career[edit]

ITF[edit]

In August 2002 at the age of 14, Pironkova played her first professional tournament at the International Tennis Federation tournament in Bucharest, Romania. Pironkova won three qualifying matches before reaching the final in the main draw, where she lost to Monica Niculescu of Romania.[7]

In September 2002, Pironkova played in the ITF event in Volos, Greece, where she lost only one set playing through the qualifying and main draw. She defeated Tina Schmassmann of Switzerland [8] to win her first professional ITF event.[3]

In 2003, she won three ITF singles titles, one in Orestiada and two in Istanbul.[3]

WTA[edit]

2005 06[edit]

In the week of 1421 May 2005, at the age of 17, Pironkova played in her first WTA-level tournament, the Tier III event in Istanbul, Turkey. After winning two qualifying matches, Pironkova won three matches in the main draw before she lost in the semifinals to Venus Williams.[9]

In January 2006, Pironkova made headlines by defeating tenth-seed Venus Williams in the first round of the 2006 Australian Open.[10] Pironkova was ranked 94th in the world.[11][12][13] However, in the next round, she lost to Laura Granville.[14]

In the first round at Wimbledon, Pironkova came from a set down to defeat then-top 20 player Anna-Lena Grnefeld. However, in the second round, she lost to Agnieszka Radwaska in straight sets.[15] On 16 November 2006, Pironkova reached her then career-high singles ranking of 62.[16]

2007[edit]

In 2007, Pironkova lost in the first rounds of the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. She played in qualifying rounds for the US Open, and beat Zuzana Ondrkov, Marta Domachowska, and Stphanie Dubois to reach the main draw. She drew Olga Puchkova from Russia in the first round, and won that match to set up a clash with world no. 1, Justine Henin in the second round. Pironkova lost to Henin in straight sets.[17]

After the US Open in September, Pironkova played in one of the biggest Challenger events of the year in Bordeaux, winning the tournament with straight-set victories over Mathilde Johansson, Tatjana Malek and Aliz Cornet.[15][18]

2008[edit]

Pironkova made a solid start to 2008, winning two qualifying matches at the Tier II event in Sydney before bowing out in three sets to Dominika Cibulkov. She reached the second round of the Australian Open, losing to second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.[15]

She caused another upset at the 2008 Rome Masters. As a qualifier, she beat top seed and world no. 3 Ana Ivanovic in the second round for the biggest victory of her career at that time. She advanced to the quarterfinals, her first ever at a Tier I event, when Victoria Azarenka retired during their third round match with Pironkova leading. In the quarterfinals she was defeated in three sets by Anna Chakvetadze.[15]

In September, Pironkova reached the final in an ITF event in Sofia, where she lost to Nuria Llagostera Vives.[15] She ended the year ranked no. 46 in the world.[4]

2009[edit]

In 2009, Pironkova made the quarterfinals at the 2009 Moorilla Hobart International before she lost to Virginie Razzano. En route, she defeated then world no. 15 Patty Schnyder. It was her fifth top 20 win in her career.[3] At the Australian Open she defeated Karolina prem in the first round before losing to 16th seeded Marion Bartoli.[15]

Seeded No. 8 at the first Andalucia Tennis Experience, Pironkova lost in the first round to Roberta Vinci.[15] She also lost in the first rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon, both times to Jill Craybas.[15]

2010: First Grand Slam semifinal[edit]

Pironkova at the 2010 US Open

Pironkova exited the Australian Open with a second-round loss to world no. 28 Shahar Pe'er. She made her first ITF Tour appearance of the year in the Fort Walton Beach tournament, where she reached the semifinals.[19]

In Warsaw she reached her first quarterfinal of the year after defeating Elena Dementieva. She then lost to the defending and eventual champion Alexandra Dulgheru. At the French Open Pironkova lost to four-time tournament champion Justine Henin in the first round.

Entering Wimbledon with a 14 career record at the event,[1] Pironkova went beyond the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, and become the first Bulgarian to reach a semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament since Manuela Maleeva achieved this feat at the US Open in 1992 and 1993.[20] Pironkova beat five-time champion Venus Williams in the quarterfinals. She then lost her first Major semifinal to Vera Zvonareva in three sets.[19]

In July she scored a straight-sets victory over Tatjana Malek in Istanbul. However, she then recorded three consecutive losses, two of which were to Anastasia Rodionova and one to Anna Lapushchenkova.

At the US Open, Pironkova lost in the second round to qualifier Mandy Minella. In her last tournament of the year, Moscow's 2010 Kremlin Cup, Pironkova lost in the second round to Dominika Cibulkov, and ended the year ranked no. 35 in the world.[16][19]

2011[edit]

In the Australian Open Pironkova fell the in second round to Monica Niculescu. She was seeded 32nd in the French Open, where she lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round.[21]

Pironkova at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships

Pironkova entered Wimbledon as the no. 32 seed. In the third round she defeated world no. 3 and second-seeded Vera Zvonareva in straight sets, thus avenging her loss in the semifinals the previous year. She went on to defeat former champion Venus Williams in the fourth round, falling in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Petra Kvitov. In July, Pironkova competed in the Internazionali Femminili Di Palermo tournament, where she defeated Anna Tatishvili in the first round and Sorana Crstea in the second, before losing to Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals.[22] At the 2011 US Open Pironkova defeated Virginie Razzano in the first round, but lost to world no. 13 Peng Shuai in the second.[21] She teamed with Chanelle Scheepers in the doubles tournament, but they were defeated by Arantxa Parra Santonja and Nuria Llagostera Vives.

At the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open Pironkova beat Gisela Dulko in the first round, but then lost to Vera Zvonareva in the second. At 2011 Kremlin Cup Pironkova beat Petra Marti, after Marti retired due to injury. She then lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round, and ended the year at number 46 in the world.[16]

2012[edit]

Pironkova began 2012 representing Bulgaria at the 2012 Hopman Cup losing to Petra Kvitov. Pironkova and her partner Grigor Dimitrov managed to defeat Tom Berdych and Kvitov in doubles. Despite their win the team of Bulgaria lost to the Czech Republic (12), after Pironkova and Dimitrov lost their singles matches.[23] Afterward, their team was victorious against Denmark 21.[24] The team of Bulgaria scored a victory over the team of the United States, but finished second in Group A and didn't qualify for the final.[25]

At the Australian Open, Pironkova defeated Sania Mirza in the first round, before losing to Galina Voskoboeva in the second. She again represented Bulgaria in the Fed Cup, alongside Elitsa Kostova, Dia Evtimova and Isabella Shinikova. On 1 February, the team scored their first victory, after beating Estonia (30).[26] Later, the team lost to Austria, then lost again to Portugal and finished seventh place in the group.[27]

Pironkova competed in the 2012 Qatar Total Open, recording a victory over Angelique Kerber in the second round, but losing to Marion Bartoli in the third. She reached the second round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, losing to Roberta Vinci. At the Brussels Open, Pironkova reached the quarterfinals, falling to Kaia Kanepi.[28] She then reached the second round of the French Open, losing to former champion Francesca Schiavone.

At the 2012 Aegon International, Pironkova reached her second quarterfinal of the season after defeating no. 1 seeded Agnieszka Radwaska and qualifier Stphanie Dubois, losing to eventual champion Tamira Paszek. At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Pironkova lost a second-round match to Maria Sharapova in three sets. She reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 Swedish Open losing to Polona Hercog.

At the 2012 US Open, Pironkova reached the third round of a Major besides Wimbledon for the first time. She defeated Camila Giorgi in the first round, Ayumi Morita in the second, and Silvia Soler Espinosa in the third. In the fourth round, with a first US Open quarter-final in sight, she was upset by former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic. Her last tournament of the year was the 2012 Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions, where she entered with a wild card. She lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals.[25]

2013[edit]

Pironkova reached the quarterfinals of the Moorilla Hobart International in Australia, where she lost to the defending champion Mona Barthel.[29]

She was eliminated in the first round of the Australian Open by Romina Oprandi. In February, Pironkova took part in the Fed Cup tie Bulgaria vs. Netherlands, defeating Arantxa Rus in straight sets, helping Bulgaria win the tie.

Pironkova at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships

She later helped Bulgaria win the tie against Luxembourg with a victory over veteran Anne Kremer. On 9 February, she played in the tie against Slovenia, and beat Tjasa Srimpf after Srimpf retired after losing the first game of the match, which advanced Bulgaria to the promotion playoffs. In the playoff tie against Great Britain on 10 February, Pironkova lost against Heather Watson in three sets, meaning that Bulgaria lost the tie and remained in the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Group I.

Following a string of first-round losses,[29] Pironkova beat Karolna Plkov in Marrakesh, but then lost in three sets to Lourdes Domnguez Lino, who went on to reach the final. She then lost a series of first-round matches throughout the remainder of the clay-court season, culminating with an early exit at the French Open.[29]

On her preferred surface of grass,[1] Pironkova snapped her losing streak at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, defeating Lauren Davis in the opening round. She dropped her second-round match to Sorana Crstea. She went on to play in 's-Hertogenbosch, where she beat Kristina Mladenovic and Irina-Camelia Begu, marking the first time since January that she reached the third round of a WTA event. She then lost to Carla Surez Navarro in three sets.[29]

In an interview with The New York Times, Pironkova revealed that winning the final of Wimbledon "would be the ultimate dream coming true."[1] At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she advanced to the fourth round. However, despite winning the first set, she lost in three sets to Agnieszka Radwaska.[29]

2014: First WTA title[edit]

Pironkova started the 2014 season ranked outside the top-100, at No. 107. She made it through the qualifying draw at the 2014 Apia International Sydney tournament. In the main draw, she defeated world no. 7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals and world no. 6 Petra Kvitov in the semifinals, both in straight sets. She then defeated 9th ranked Angelique Kerber to win her first WTA Tour title. Pironkova was the first qualifier to win a WTA Premier event in three and a half years,[30] moved up 50 places in the world rankings, and was the first Bulgarian to win a WTA event in over 10 years (after Magdalena Maleeva at the 2003 DFS Classic). Pironkova's run in Australia ended at the Australian Open with a second round straight sets loss to Samantha Stosur, managing to win just two games.[31] After the Australian Open, she reached a ranking of No. 52.

Next, in February, Pironkova played in Qatar, where she made it through the qualifying rounds. She beat veteran 11th seed world No. 14 Roberta Vinci in the first round 2:0 sets, losing just six games.[32] However, Pironkova's good run ended in the 2nd round, where she lost to youngster No. 55 Annika Beck 2:1 sets, after winning the first set on a tie-break.[33]

After Qatar, she played in Dubai. In the first round of qualifying, she beat world No.487 Vitalia Diatchenko in a long and hard match (over 2 and a half hours), losing the first set on a tiebreak, saving a match point in the 10th game of the 2nd set, then winning the 2nd set again on a tiebreak, and then was leading in the 3rd set when her opponent retired. However, in what was her 2nd loss against the Canadian out of 2 matches, she lost in the 2nd qualifying round to youngster No.19 Eugenie Bouchard 2:0 sets.[34]

Next, in March, Pironkova played at the Indian Wells hard court event,[35] where she started in the main draw. She lost in straight sets to No.38 Madison Keys in the 1st round.[36]

She then played in Miami, where she beat Galina Voskoboeva and 25th seed Sorana Crstea without losing a set, but then lost in the 3rd round 2:0 sets to 5th seed Angelique Kerber,[37] who went on to reach the 1-4/finals. Pironkova moved 5 places up the rankings after Miami, to No.42.[38]

Next, in April, she played at the indoor hard court event in Katowice, where she was seeded 8th. In the 1st round, Pironkova beat Andrea Hlavkov 2:1 sets, after losing the first set. In round 2, in what was her 5th loss against the Israeli out of 8 matches, she lost 2:0 sets to world No.90 Shahar Peer, whom she also lost against in this same event in 2013.

Pironkova then played in the qualifications of the indoor clay court event in Stuttgart, where she was the top seed and the top-ranked player at No.40. In the 1st round of qualifying she beat local teenager Tayisiya Morderger 2:0 sets, but then lost 2:0 sets to No.221 Gioia Barbieri in the 2nd qualifying round.

Next, in May, she played in Madrid, where she started in the main draw and lost 2:0 sets to wildcard No.145 Lara Arruabarrena in round 1.

Pironkova then played in Rome, where she lost to qualifier No.69 Petra Cetkovsk 2:1 sets in round 1, despite easily winning the 1st set.

She then played at Roland Garros. In round 1 she beat No.49 Annika Beck 2:1 sets (after losing the first on a tie-break), whom she had never beaten before. Pironkova then faced a major test in round 2 - in what was her 5th loss out of 5th matches between them, despite being a break up in the 1st set, she lost 2:0 sets to 7th seed No.8 Maria Sharapova, who went on to win the tournament.

Next, in June, Pironkova played at the Eastbourne grass court event, where in round 1 she lost 2:1 sets to local wildcard No.70 Heather Watson, who went on to reach the semi-finals.

Pironkova then played in Wimbledon, where she faced No.57 Varvara Lepchenko in the 1st round and lost 2:1 sets, in a match that was played over 2 days.

Next, in July, she playd at the Istanbul hard court event where she was unseeded. In what was the 2nd match between the two and 2nd loss for Pironkova, she lost 2:0 sets to No.72 Stefanie Voegele in the 1st round.

Next, in August, she will play in Cincinnati.

Playing style[edit]

Pironkova prefers fast surfaces, and is known for setting up passing shots via her use of short balls and forehand slices. She is also noted for her powerful backhand, her squash-shot forehand and for mixing flat shots into rallies.[1][39]

WTA career finals: 1 (1 0)[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0-0)
Tier II / Premier (10)
Tier III, IV & V / International (00)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 10 January 2014 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard Germany Angelique Kerber 64, 64

ITF Circuit finals: 13 (6 7)[edit]

Singles: 13 (6 7)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 18 August 2002 Romania Bucharest, Romania
ITF $10,000
Clay Romania Monica Niculescu 16, 67(47)
Winner 2. 29 September 2002 Greece Volos, Greece
ITF $10,000
Carpet Switzerland Tina Schmassmann 76(73), 75
Winner 3. 29 June 2003 Greece Orestiada, Greece
ITF $10,000
Hard Romania Simona Matei 61, 64
Winner 4. 3 August 2003 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
ITF $10,000
Hard Turkey pek enolu 76(72), 60
Runner-up 5. 28 September 2003 Greece Volos, Greece
ITF $10,000
Carpet Bulgaria Sesil Karatantcheva 46, 62, 26
Winner 6. 2 November 2003 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
ITF $10,000
Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er 63, 62
Runner-up 7. 21 November 2004 Spain Barcelona, Spain
ITF $25,000
Clay Spain Laura Pous Ti 64, 57, 26
Runner-up 8. 30 January 2005 France Belfort, France
ITF $25,000
Hard Czech Republic Sandra Kleinov 46, 36
Winner 9. 10 April 2005 Italy Rome, Italy
ITF $25,000
Clay Romania Magda Mihalache 75, 75
Runner-up 10. 11 June 2005 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
ITF $75,000
Clay Czech Republic Zuzana Ondrkov 64, 46, 36
Runner-up 11. 20 November 2005 France Deauville, France
ITF $50,000
Clay Ukraine Viktoriya Kutuzova 46, 67(27)
Winner 12. 12 September 2007 France Bordeaux, France
ITF $100,000
Clay France Aliz Cornet 62, 63
Runner-up 13. 21 September 2008 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
ITF $100,000
Clay Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives 26, 36

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current through the 2014 China Open.

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR WL
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 9 79
French Open A 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 9 59
Wimbledon Q3 2R 1R 1R 1R SF QF 2R 4R 1R 0 / 9 149
US Open Q2 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 4R 1R 2R 0 / 9 79
WinLoss 00 34 14 24 14 74 74 64 34 34 0 / 36 3336
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 00
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 9 59
Miami A 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 9 49
Madrid Not Held 1R Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 05
Beijing Tier II A 1R 1R 1R Q1 2R 0 / 4 14
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Tier II 2R Q1 2R Premier 0 / 2 22
Doha Tier II A Not Held P 3R 1R 2R 0 / 3 33
Rome A A A QF 1R Q1 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 6 36
Montral / Toronto A A 0 / 0 00
Cincinnati Tier III 1R 1R Q1 1R 0 / 3 03
Tokyo 2R 2R 1R LQ NP5 0 / 3 23
National Representation
Summer Olympics Not Held 2R Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 2 22
Other tournaments
Tournament of Champions Not Held A A A SF RR 0 / 2 16
Career statistics
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 WL
WTA Levels & GS (Main Draw)
Played 3 16 15 18 20 15 22 22 13 13 157
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Overall WinLoss 63 1516 715 1618 920 1615 1322 2024 614 11-12 114159
WTA Levels & GS (Qualifying)
Played 6 9 8 8 5 11 0 1 3 6 53
Main Draw Entered 1 5 3 4 2 4 0 0 0 2 20
Overall WinLoss 105 146 145 164 103 147 00 01 12 8-4 8335
Year End Ranking
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Career Best
Ranking 88 62 98 46 99 35 46 42 108 No.31

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current through the 2014 US Open.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 WL
Grand Slam tournaments
Australia Australian Open 2R 2R 1R A 23
France French Open 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 25
United Kingdom Wimbledon 1R 2R 2R 2R 34
United States US Open 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R A 15
WinLoss 12 11 23 12 01 14 02 11 11 817

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