Bulgaria's Pironkova Secures Semi Berth at TOC
Bulgaria's best tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova secured a place in the semi-finals at Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions in advance.
This happened after Russia's Maria Kirilenko withdrew from the tournament on Thursday, citing an upper respiratory illness.
Kirilenko made the announcement shortly after she lost to second-seeded Nadia Petrova 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in a long and exhausting match.
Petrova and eighth-seeded Pironkova will meet for the group title Friday with the winner going against Vinci in Saturday's semifinals and the loser drawing Wozniacki.
The Bulgarian will continue in the next phase even if she loses her match against Nadia Petrova on Friday and Jie Zheng defeats the first alternate from Sweden Sofia Arvidsson.
If Pironkova wins against the Russian, she will be the leader in group “Sredetz”.
The tournament in Sofia featured eight tennis players, two of whom received a "wild card" - the best Bulgarian female tennis star Tsvetana Pironkova and Russian Maria Kirilenko, who is No. 15 in the rankings.
Caroline Wozniacki, who began this year as Number one in the WTA rankings, is the group leader due to her high ranking in WTA, currently at No. 11.
The 2012 WTA Tournament of Champions is a singles-only tennis tournament that will be played on indoor hard courts in Sofia. It is the fourth edition of the tournament and is part of the 2012 WTA Tour.
The 2012 edition is the first to be held in Sofia, having been relocated from Bali, where the tournament was held for the previous three years and called the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions.
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