Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova Reaches Her First 1/8 Final at Roland Garros

Sports | May 27, 2016, Friday // 20:29|  views

Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in action against Johanna Larsson of Sweden during their women`s single second round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 25 May 2016. Photo: EPA

The highest ranking Bulgarian female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova reached for the first time in her career the fourth round of Roland Garros.

In a match from the third round played on Friday, Pironkova defeated decisively Sloane Stephens from the USA with 6:2, 6:1.

The Bulgarian recorded her first victory in four matches against her US opponent. The two players met at the same stage of the tournament last year, when Stephens won with 6:4, 6:1.

Pironkova did not start the opening set well, conceding a break in the first game and losing the next one.

However she managed to recover quickly, equalised for 2:2 and went on to win the next four games.

The Bulgarian did not have any major difficulties in the second set and claimed the final victory.

In the fourth round, Pironkova, who has not lost a single set in her first three matches, will face Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland.

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Tags: Bulgaria, tennis, Tsvetana Pironkova, Roland Garros, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sloane Stephens


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