World number 82 Tsvetana Pironkova
scored one of the biggest Wimbledon upsets in recent years by dumping out
second seed Venus Williams.
The five-time champion looked below
her best from the outset on Court One and got progressively worse as the
quarter-final match went on, eventually losing 6-2 6-3 in an hour and 25
But Williams’ subpar effort should
not detract from the 22-year-old Bulgarian’s performance as she cruised into
her first Grand Slam semi-final, where she will meet Russian Vera Zvonareva.
“It’s like a dream. Coming here, I
never thought I’d play that well and come this far in the tournament,”
Pironkova said. “I think I played pretty well today, I’m very happy with my
game. I have one win over her and thought I could win and I was going for it.”
Pironkova, who also dispatched
former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli in the previous round, sent down just
six unforced errors to the 29 coughed up by her illustrious opponent.