Last year’s finalist and second seed Vera Zvonareva lost in the third round of Wimbledon to world No.33 Tsvetana Pironkova, the Bulgarian player whom she defeated last year in the semis of the grass-court Grand Slam. Final score: 6-2 6-3.
Zvonareva committed 18 unforced errors to Pironkova’s 5 and converted only 1 of seven break point opportunities.
In the Wimbledon warm-up event in Eastbourne, Pironkova scared Serena Williams’ fans by defeating her 6-1 in the first set. Williams won, but in the second round fell to Vera Zvonareva, whom she defeated for the 2010 Wimbledon title.
Pironkova’s next opponent will be Venus Williams, who advanced with a solid 6-0 6-2 victory over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Let me remind you that the Bulgarian took the five-time champion Venus out from last year’s Wimbledon, at the quarterfinal stage.
World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki was solid on Friday, with a 6-1 6-3 win over Virginie Razzano and just one unforced error! Svetlana Kuznetsova suffered a 4-6 6-3 6-4 defeat by Yanina Wickmayer. Maria Sharapova defeated Laura Robson 7-6(4) 6-3. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)