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Lisicki defeats Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Lisicki defeats Serena Williams at Wimbledon

LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- No. 23-seeded Sabine Lisicki beat world No. 1 and defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in Monday's fourth-round play.

S. Williams, A. Radawanska, Li Na advance at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Li Na advanced with third-round victories at Wimbledon Saturday.
S. Williams, A. Radwanska win in Wimbledon's second round

S. Williams, A. Radwanska win in Wimbledon's second round

LONDON, June 27 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams and fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska claimed straight-set wins Thursday in second-round play at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams rolls through Wimbledon first round

Serena Williams rolls through Wimbledon first round

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- No. 1 ranked Serena Williams was in control throughout her first-round match at Wimbledon Tuesday, dropping just four games in advancing.
Halep continues recent hot streak on grass courts

Halep continues recent hot streak on grass courts

S'HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 20 (UPI) -- Simona Halep, coming off her first WTA win last week, advanced to the semifinals of the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands with a straight-set win Thursday.

Roberta Vinci, Carla Suarez Navarro post Netherlands victories

S'HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 18 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roberta Vinci moved on with a first-round win and Carla Suarez Navarro gained the quarterfinals Tuesday at the grass-court Topshelf Open.

Dominika Cibulkova avoids first-round upset at Topshelf Open

S'HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 17 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova struggled but won a third-set tiebreaker Monday, avoiding a first-round upset at the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands.
Flipkens rallies for three-set win in Birmingham

Flipkens rallies for three-set win in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 12 (UPI) -- No. 1-seed Kirsten Flipkens rallied for a three-set victory Wednesday in second-round play of the Aegon Classic tennis tournament in England.

Defending champ Melanie Oudin bounced at Aegon Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Defending champ Melanie Oudin earned an early exit Monday at the Aegon Classic, falling in straight sets on Day 1 of the grass-court event.

Sharapova, Li Na, A. Radwanska win at French Open

PARIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova advanced with a first-round victory at the French Open Monday, joining China's Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
Zheng wins twice at Brussels Open

Zheng wins twice at Brussels Open

BRUSSELS, May 22 (UPI) -- Zheng Jie won two matches Wednesday, including an upset of top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, at the WTA Brussels Open.

WTA's Brussels Open postponed due to rain

BRUSSELS, May 21 (UPI) -- Rain forced the postponement of Tuesday's schedule at the WTA's Brussels Open.
Lepchenko wins three-setter in Brussels Open

Lepchenko wins three-setter in Brussels Open

BRUSSELS, May 20 (UPI) -- Varvara Lepchenko survived a lengthy, three-set challenge in Monday's first-round action at the Brussels Open tennis tournament.
Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

ROME, May 13 (UPI) -- Laura Robson posted a Rome International tennis tournament win Monday over Venus Williams that gives her a match against world No. 1 Serena Williams.

Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska among early Madrid winners

MADRID, May 5 (UPI) -- Defending champ Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska each advanced but Li Na fell Sunday in first-round action at the Madrid Open.
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Tsvetana Pironkova
Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova celebrates her Quarter-Final win over American Venus Williams at the Wimbledon championships in Wimbledon on June 29, 2010. UPI/Hugo Philpott
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Tsvetana Kirilova Pironkova (Bulgarian: Цветана Кирилова Пиронкова) (born 13 September 1987) is a female Bulgarian tennis player. She was born and lives in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Pironkova is right-handed and plays with a two-handed backhand. She achieved her career high of world no. 31 on 13 September 2010. She is best known for defeating Venus Williams three times at Grand Slam tournaments. She is currently the Bulgarian No. 1 and has won six ITF titles in her career.

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

In 2001, Pironkova won the Atlantic Cup International Junior Tournament held in Bulgaria, and her career high in juniors was world no. 227 on 25 March 2002.

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