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Bulgaria's Pironkova Falls at First Hurdle in Beijing

Sports | September 29, 2012, Saturday // 12:47| Views: 1039 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Pironkova Falls at First Hurdle in Beijing Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria returns to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their second round match for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 28 June 2012. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian best female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova was eliminated in the first round of China Open women's singles in Beijing after losing 5:7, 4:6 to American Varvara Lepchenko.

The US player clinched her victory after a nearly two-hour game, which started very poorly for the Bulgarian. Even though Pironkova made ​​a breakthrough early in the second set, her opponent did not let her turn around the final result.

Pironkova, 25, gained 5 points for the world ranking, where she is currently at spot 44.

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