Bulgarian Pironkova Kicks Venus Williams Out of Australian Open

Sports | January 16, 2006, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgarian Pironkova Kicks Venus Williams Out of Australian Open Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova (L), 18, kicked out Wimbledon champion Venus Williams out of the prestigious Australian Open. Photo by Kameliya Atanasova (Sofia News Agency)

Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, 18, kicked out Wimbledon champion Venus Williams out of the prestigious Australian Open.

Williams, seeded 10th, fell 2-6, 6-0, 9- 7 to Pironkova, appearing in her first Grand Slam tennis tournament and ranked 94th.

The 25-year-old Williams, playing her first match since September, hadn't lost in the first round of a Grand Slam since the 2001 French Open. Pironkova has won USD 69,095 in career prize money to Williams's USD16 M, Bloomberg reported.

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