Former Wimbledon Semi-Finalist Tsvetana Pironkova Crashes Out of French Open 2021 Qualifiers

Published 05/26/2021, 4:25 PM EDT
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)


Bulgarian tennis professional Tsvetana Pironkova, who reached a career-high ranking of 31 in the world in 2010, has been struggling to get back to top form over the past few years.

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A semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2010, the Bulgarian also made the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2016. But, repeated injuries made her form decline as she soon fell out of top-50 in women’s singles rankings.

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)
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Tsvetana Pironkova loses to Susan Bendecchi in the French Open 2021 qualifiers

Playing the qualifiers at Roland Garros this year, Pironkova lost in a three-set battle against the Swiss youngster Susan Bandecchi. The Bulgarian was expected to sail past the Swiss but the relentless push from Bandecchi troubled Pironkova on numerous occasions.

Also, the Bulgarian is a known grass-court specialist, and clay courts were never her forte. Even though she has an all-round game, her intentions to always look for winners from both the wings didn’t usually work on the red-dirt.

But, Pironkova managed to defeat some top-tier players like Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, etc. In a decade long career, the Bulgarian won a WTA title at Sydney in 2014.

On the other hand, Susan Bandecchi has managed to produce one of the best wins of her career. In her first grand slam qualifiers draw, the Swiss player is able to produce top-quality tennis from the baseline.

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Previously, Bandecchi was a known player in the ITF circuit. With this astonishing victory over Pironkova, the young Swiss might create an opportunity to qualify for her first grand slam main draw.

Bandecchi will play against the Australian Storm Sanders for a place in Roland Garros main draw.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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