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Pironkova To Face Serena In US Open Quarter-Finals

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Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria serves the ball during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Alizé Cornet of France on Day Eight of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Tsvetana Pironkova reached the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday, defeating France’s Alize Cornet in three sets.

The unranked Bulgarian, who only returned to tennis this year following a three-year absence from the circuit, secured her last eight berth with a 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 victory at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Pironkova will now face third seed Serena Williams in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning match point in the third set during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Maria Sakkari of Greece on Day Eight of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

“It’s absolutely unreal, I really can’t believe it,” Pironkova said.

“Especially that I pulled through at the end of the match — I was exhausted.

“I didn’t think I had it in me but I just kept fighting and fighting and it paid off.”

It is only the fourth time in Pironkova’s career that she has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam singles event, and marks her first quarter-final appearance at the US Open.

Pironkova’s last tournament appearance before this year’s US Open had been the 2017 Wimbledon championships when she exited in the second round.

She gave birth to her son during her three-year break from tennis but elected to return in 2020, only to see her comeback plans disrupted by the coronavirus shutdown.

In New York she has claimed a couple of seeded scalps, defeating 10th seed Garbine Muguruza in the second round before knocking out 18th seed Donna Vekic in the third round.

AFP


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