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Simona Halep bests Angelique Kerber for Qatar Open title

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Seventh-seeded Simona Halep corralled her seventh career title Sunday, downing Angelique Kerber in the final of the Qatar Open tennis event.
Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

Pironkova, Cetkovska advance on upsets in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Qualifiers Tsvetana Pironkova and Petra Cetkovska pulled off first-round upsets Monday at the WTA's Qatar Total Open 2014.
WTA titles boost Pironkova, Muguruza in rankings

WTA titles boost Pironkova, Muguruza in rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Tsvetana Pironkova and Garbine Muguruza made solid gains this week in the women's world tennis rankings after picking up their first WTA titles.

Muguruza wins WTA title at Hobart International in Australia

HOBART, Australia, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Qualifier Garbine Muguruza lost only four games Saturday in beating Klara Zakopalova for the championship at the Hobart International in Australia.
Pironkova beats Kerber in Sydney, wins first WTA title

Pironkova beats Kerber in Sydney, wins first WTA title

SYDNEY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Tsvetana Pironkova defeated world No. 9-ranked Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 Friday in collecting the first WTA title of her career.
Pironkova reaches first WTA final

Pironkova reaches first WTA final

SYDNEY, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Tsvetana Pironkova ousted No. 2-seeded Petra Kvitova at the Apia International Sydney Thursday and advanced to her first WTA final.
Upset win has Pironkova in Sydney semifinals

Upset win has Pironkova in Sydney semifinals

SYDNEY, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Tsvetana Pironkova ousted third-seeded Sara Errani in gaining a place Wednesday in the semifinals of the Apia International Sydney tennis tournament.
Mattek-Sands pulls off major Sydney upset

Mattek-Sands pulls off major Sydney upset

SYDNEY, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Bethanie Mattek-Sands ousted top-seeded and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets Tuesday at the Apia International Sydney tennis tournament.
Makarova claims first-round upset win in Sydney

Makarova claims first-round upset win in Sydney

SYDNEY, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Ekaterina Makarova ousted fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic during Monday's first-round play at the Apia International Sydney tennis tournament.
Stosur, Pavlyuchenkova advanced to ToC semifinals in Bulgaria

Stosur, Pavlyuchenkova advanced to ToC semifinals in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Samantha Stosur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova notched must-win victories Friday in gaining semifinal berths at the WTA Tournament of Champions in Bulgaria.
Ivanovic moves to 2-0 in Tournament of Champions group

Ivanovic moves to 2-0 in Tournament of Champions group

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- No. 2-seeded Ana Ivanovic won Thursday and moved into prime position to advance to the semifinals of the WTA's Tournament of Championships in Bulgaria.
Halep improves to 2-0 in WTA's ToC group play

Halep improves to 2-0 in WTA's ToC group play

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Simona Halep improved to 2-0 in group play with a straight-set win in the WTA's Tournament of Champions in Bulgaria.
Halep opens WTA Tournament of Champions with win

Halep opens WTA Tournament of Champions with win

SOFIA, Bulgaria, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Simona Halep was among the winners Tuesday at the start of the WTA Tournament of Champions in Bulgaria.
Safarova advances at Luxembourg in straight sets

Safarova advances at Luxembourg in straight sets

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova was among four straight-set winners in first-round play Monday at the Luxembourg Open WTA tennis tournament.
Serena Williams wins first-rounder in Sweden

Serena Williams wins first-rounder in Sweden

BASTAD, Sweden, July 16 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Serena Williams sailed through her first-round match Tuesday at the Collector Swedish Open clay-court tennis tournament.
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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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