Yesterday Tsvetana Pironkova eliminated third seed Sara Errani from the Apia International Sydney and her next obstacle was another big one – second seed Petra Kvitova. But the Bulgarian qualifier had more power in her tank, recorded her 10th Top 10 victory and reached her first WTA final by taking out the Czech 6-4 6-3, winning six of seven games from 4-4 to 6-4 4-1.
Not only did Pironkova manage to defeat Kvitova for the first time in four tries, she also became the first qualifier to reach the final in Sydney in the tournament’s history! Pironkova’s last challenge will be another Top 10 player, fifth seed Angelique Kerber, who advanced to the final with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Madison Keys. (photo: Jimmie48)