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By Rohit Sharma
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The Championship at Wimbledon is known for bringing together the best lot of players in the world. Time has been a witness that in the 133 year long history, no unseeded women's player has ever managed to win the Venus Rosewater Dish. This year, however, can very well bring a change in the history books as two out of the four semifinalists happen to be unseeded and outside top 50 in the WTA rankings.
Ranked No.82 in the world, Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova bursted into the international tennis scene this year with some of the most amazing results including a win over Russian Elena Dementieva in Warsaw. However, Pironkova has never reached a tour final in her career, let alone the final of a Grand slam event. Pironkova's strongest ally is her groundstrokes, which she utilizes to the best of her abilities as was evident in her quarterfinal match against Venus Williams. Another aspect is the Bulgarian's mental toughness, which does give her an edge in today's match.
Pironkova's road to semifinals -
R128 - beat Anna Lapushchenkova 6-0, 7-6
R64 - beat Vera Dushevina 6-3, 6-4
R32 - beat Regina Kulikova 6-4, 6-0
R16 - beat Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-4
Her opponent, Russian Vera Zvonareva has been on the tour for almost a decade now. Zvonareva's inconsistent performance has kept her from going all the ay at majors. Her last significant result came in the Tour Championships in 2008 when she finished runner up to Venus Williams in Doha.
Zvonareva's road to semifinals -
R128 - beat Nuria Llagosteravives 6-4, 6-1
R64 - beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-1, 6-4
R32 - beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-2
R16 - beat Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 3-0 ret.
Zvonareva displayed great strength in pulling victory over eighth seed Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals. After losing th first set, she regrouped herself well to claim the next two rather handily. The Russian is fully fit to give her best in today's semifinal match, something that kept her away from title glory in the past several attempts.
TennisEarth.com's Pick - Tsvetana Pironkova in three gruelling sets.
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