LUCKY LOSER! Tsvetana Pironkova Moves Into Main Draw at Wimbledon Championships 2021 After Multiple Withdrawals

Published 06/30/2021, 7:07 AM EDT
Mar 25, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria hits a backhand against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus (not pictured) in the second round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Bulgarian tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova was part of the qualifying rounds at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Unfortunately, she lost in the final qualifying match and ended her hopes for the main draw. However, with luck on her side, after multiple withdrawals from the event, she has moved into the main draw as a lucky loser.

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Due to unknown reasons, Danka Kovinic withdrew from the grass Major and has been replaced by the Bulgarian player. In a similar situation, Australian player Astra Sharma replaced Lesia Tsurenko in the main draw of the event.

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria looks on during her Women’s Singles first round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany on day two of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 28, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Tsvetana Pironkova was a semifinalist at the Wimbledon Championships

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In her career over the years, the Wimbledon Championships has been the most successful Grand Slam event Pironkova has been part of. Having made it to the semifinal in 2010 and reaching the quarterfinal in 2011, she has displayed her best tennis at this venue.

Speaking of Pironkova’s season so far, she began her journey in Melbourne and lost in the opening round of the Australian Open after winning the initial qualifying rounds. After that, she competed in Miami and suffered a loss against Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the event.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria celebrates winning the first set during her Women’s Singles quarterfinal match against Serena Williams of the United States on Day Ten of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Poor clay season for the Bulgarian

As the clay season began, she was unimpressive and registered poor results in Madrid and Paris. Prior to the Wimbledon Championships 2021, she was seen at the ITF Great Britain 01A, where she made it to the semifinal.

In the previous season, she had made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open. Due to her great run at Flushing Meadows, she was declared the Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year. It will be interesting to see how the former World No. 31 performs in South West 19, London.

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Update from #Wimbledon but no reason given. No idea if it’s #COVID19 related:

The following players have withdrawn;
Lesia TSURENKO on line 37 -has been replaced by lucky loser Astra SHARMA (AUS)
Danka KOVINIC on line 46 – has been replaced by lucky loser Tsvetana PIRONKOVA (BUL)

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— Sudipto Ganguly (@Sudipto_Reuters) June 30, 2021

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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