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Pironkova Puts Up Tough Fight vs. Schiavone at French Open

Tsvatana Pironkova won a set against Franceska Schiavone in Thursday’s match at Roland Garros but failed to make a breakthrough by going to the third round of the Grand Slam tennis tournament.

Pironkova won the first set against Schiavone (the 2010 French Open women’s winner) but eventually lost the match 6:2, 3:6, 1:6.

Thus, the best Bulgarian female tennis player missed a great opportunity to bring a surprise and to make it to the third round of Roland Garros for the first time.

Here’s what Pironkova said after her match:

“Even though I dropped out of Roland Garros I’m happy with my performance at the tournament. Probably the result can’t reflect what really happened on the court. I was tired during the third set and I couldn’t maintain the level of my game. When you have an opponent like Schiavone you work very hard for every point. But that’s tennis. Now I am going back to Bulgaria. My next tournament is Eastbourne which is played on grass courts. I like to play on grass, but I perform well only at Wimbledon. It will be and exaggeration to say that my favourite surface is grass.”

Italy’s Schiavone has scored the 499th win in her career, and has made it to the third round of French Open for a third consecutive time, 10th out of 12th participations overall.


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