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Venus & Caro join Serena in the losers column.


Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was hustled out of Wimbledon by hard-hitting Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round. The Dane, world number one at the age of 20 despite not having a grand slam title to her name, looked in charge when she won the opening set in a hurry. But Cibulkova, seeded 24th, turned the match around and triumphed 1-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-5.

Venus Williams’ attempt to win a sixth Wimbledon title ended in the fourth round Monday with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria. The 23-year-old Pironkova beat Williams at Wimbledon last year by the same score to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. She also won their first-round match at the Australian Open in 2006. Williams’ defeat came shortly after younger sister Serena also went out in the fourth round, losing to Marion Bartoli.

It is the first time since 2006 that neither sister has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals.


Vera Zvonareva became the latest women’s seed to fall after a comprehensive 6-2 6-3 third-round defeat by Tsvetana Pironkova.

Tsvetana Pironkova in action

Bulgarian Pironkova was the surprise package in last year’s tournament, reaching the semi-finals where she was knocked out by Russian Zvonareva. But the 32nd seed avenged that defeat as Zvonareva’s game crumbled on Court Two, with 18 unforced errors.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Williams was in equally impressive form, sweeping aside Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-0 6-2, setting up a fourth-round tie against Pironkova.

Ninth seed Marion Bartoli survived three match points to beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 4-6 7-5 6-2. The unseeded Spaniard, ranked 48th in the world, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Bartoli, who lost to Venus Williams in the 2007 Wimbledon final, displayed impressive resilience to level the match and break her opponent’s serve in the next game before levelling. And she sealed victory with a commanding performance in the final set to set up a third-round match against Italy’s 21st seed Flavia Pennetta.

In the third round, former French and US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 12th seed, suffered a 4-6 6-3 6-4 defeat by Belgium’s 19th seed Carolina Wickmayer. Former world number three Nadia Petrova, unseeded at SW19, also advanced into the next round following a 6-3 6-2 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.



Sharapova wins a tough 1st round match…but Stosur is out.

Maria Sharapova rebounded from a first round loss at last week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with a straight set win in her first match of the China Open in Beijing, beating Tsvetana Pironkova, 64 76(5). Sharapova, the No.12 seed at the $4.5-million tournament, had some trouble closing the Wimbledon semifinalist out, losing nine straight points while leading 64 54 and double match point at 40-15; but she regrouped to take the second set to a tie-break and managed to get by Pironkova in two sets.

“Going down in the first round of Tokyo gives you a window to prepare but it also doesn’t give you as much match play as you would have hoped. First rounds are always difficult, and I had a tough opponent today,” Sharapova said. “At the end of the day, I found a way to win and that was the most important thing.”

The highest seed in action on Day 2 was No.4 seed Samantha Stosur, who lost to Anastasija Sevastova, 26 76(5) 75. Stosur led 5-2 in the third set and had match point leading 5-4, but the match turned completely from there, as Sevastova won 11 of the next 12 points to collect her second Top 10 win, having beaten Jelena Jankovic in Monterrey in March. Like Sharapova, Stosur had lost her first match in Tokyo; unlike Sharapova, it happened here too.


Rodionova upsets Pironkova in Istanbul Cup.

Tsvetana Pironkova was a second-round upset victim Wednesday at the $220,000 Istanbul Cup hardcourt tennis event.

Russian-born Aussie Anastasia Rodionova upended the fifth-seeded Pironkova in 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 fashion on Day 3 here. Earlier this month, Pironkova became the first-ever Bulgarian to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the All England Club.

Sixth-seeded German Andrea Petkovic avoided an upset and reached the quarterfinals by outlasting Russian qualifier Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3.

Unseeded defending Istanbul titlist Vera Dushevina continued her winning ways at this tournament, as she got past Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2 on Wednesday. The Russian Dushevina doused Czech Lucie Hradecka in last year’s finale.

One other second-rounder saw Russian Elena Vesnina vault past Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-2.

On Thursday, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone will play her second- round match against Brit Elena Baltacha. Schiavone, this week’s top seed, became the first-ever Italian woman to capture a Grand Slam title, which she did in Paris in June.


Vera Zvonareva is the only one of this trio with a legitimate chance of defeating Serena on Saturday….and it’s pretty slim!

Tsvetana Pironkova:

Full name: Tsvetana Pironkova

Nationality: Bulgarian

World ranking: 82

Height: 5’11

Plays: right handed (two-handed backhand)

2010: Enjoys best ever performance at a grand slam with wins at Wimbledon over Anna Lapushchenkova, Vera Dushevina, Regina Kulikova and Marion Bartoli. Victory over five-time champion Venus Williams in last eight secures a meeting with Vera Zvonereva in semi-finals.

Vera Zvonareva:

Full name: Vera Zvonareva

Nationality: Russian

World ranking: 21

Height: 5’7

Plays: right handed (two-handed backhand)

Titles: 10

2010: won 10th tour title, equalled best ever performance in grand slam by reaching Wimbledon semi-finals

Petra Kvitova:

Full name: Petra Kvitova

Nationality: Czech

World ranking: 62

Height: 6′

Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand

2010: reached round two at Australian Open, fell in first round of French Open and reached first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon,


Venus eclipsed by virtually unknown Bulgarian who will meet Vera Zvonareva in their first Wimbledon semi final.

Five-times champion and second seed Venus Williams lost 6-2 6-3 to Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Williams, whose loss meant she failed to reach the final for the first time since 2006, was outplayed from the outset by the world number 82 on Court One at the All England Club.

The 22-year-old was able to post four breaks of serve and a 12-to-6 winners-to-errors ratio, giving her the biggest victory of her young career.

Williams, meanwhile, struggled with her all-around game throughout the match. Armed with two break points at 2-2 in the first set, she was unable to polish off the game and went on to lose five consecutive games before faltering down the stretch.

Last year’s runner-up, Williams committed 29 unforced errors while hitting only 22 winners, mitigating her normal powerful serve and groundstrokes. This marks her earliest exit at Wimbledon since 2006, when she was ousted in the third round.

Pironkova, the lowest ranked player left in the women’s draw, will play Vera Zvonareva for a place in Saturday’s final.

Kim Clijsters was eliminated in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon by Russian Vera Zvonareva.

The 21st-seeded Zvonareva came back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tuesday on her second match point when Clijsters netted a forehand.

Clijsters won the first set after breaking the Russian in the eighth game, when Zvonareva had two forehand errors and a double-fault.

But the eighth-seeded Belgian was broken four times by Zvonareva in the final two sets, putting the Russian into her first semifinal at the All England Club.

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