Bulgaria's Dimitrov, Pironkova Crash Out of Australian Open

January 14, 2013, Monday // 08:04
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Dimitrov, Pironkova Crash Out of Australian Open
Tsvetana Pironkova and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in action against Caroline Wozniacki and Frederik Neilson of Denmark during their session 7 doubles match at the Hopman Cup Tennis tournament in Perth, Australia, 04 January 2012. EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria woke up to disappointing tennis news Monday, as both Grigor Dimitrov and Tsvetana Pironkova were defeated in the first round of the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament.

Dimitrov had no answer to Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who easily beat him 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and moved on to the second round.

Switzerland's Romina Oprandi defeated Pironkova 4-6 7-5 6-2. The Bulgarian had not lost a first round game in her previous 10 Grand Slam events.


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