Bulgaria Ends Its Women's Participation in Miami with Two DefeatsSports | March 28, 2015, Saturday // 14:49| views
Bulgaria's top female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova. Photo: EPA
The two female tennis players representing Bulgaria at the women's singles competition in Miami were defeated in the second round on Friday.
Tsvetana Pironkova was defeated by the Italian Flavia Pennetta with 7:6 (1), 3:6, 3:6, while Sesil Karatancheva lost to Garbine Muguruza from Spain with 1:6, 3:6.
The match between Pironkova and Pennetta, which lasted two hours and 20 minutes, was particularly dramatic as the two opponents exchanged a total of 17 breaks.
Pironkova did not start the match well and conceded a break in the first game, but equalised immediately, daily Dnevnik reports.
The two players exchanged another couple of breaks in the seventh and eight games, bringing the set to a tiebreak, which was convincingly won by the Bulgarian.
The exchange of breaks continued in the next two sets, but Pennetta took the initiative and won the match.
Bulgaria's other female representative, Karatancheva suffered a heavy defeat, as she won only four games.
Bulgaria's top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov begins his participation in the men's singles on Saturday.
Dimitrov, who is seeded ninth, proceeded directly to the second round of the tournament, where he is to face the Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who defeated Juan Martin Del Potro from Argentina.
This will be the third encounter between the two, the Bulgarian having won the previous two matches.
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