Tsvetana Pironkova is a Bulgarian professional tennis player and considered to be one of the best grass-court players of her generation. She had reached the semi-finals on Wimbledon in 2010 but lost by Vera Zvonareva with 2-1.
Tsvetana Pironkova also found success playing on the quick hard-courts throughout her career, winning a title in Sydney and reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open. On Rolland Garros (French Open), she had reached the quarterfinals in 2016.
Tsvetana Pironkova was born on September 13, 1987, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She started playing tennis at the age of four on being introduced to the sport by her father. She made her WTA Tour debut at the Istanbul Cup in 2005 and achieved moderate success early in her career. That changed in 2010, when she entered Wimbledon with a 1–4 career record at the event, and went on reach the semifinals of the tournament, becoming the first Bulgarian tennis player in history to reach the semifinal stage of a Grand Slam in singles. She garnered wide recognition for her performance, and after her semifinal finish reached her highest singles ranking at No 31 in September 2010. Tsvetana Pironkova followed it up with a quarterfinal run at the event the following year.
Tsveti Pironkova won her first WTA title at the 2014 Apia International, defeating three top-10 ranked players in a row. She defeated then world No 2, Agnieszka Radwanska, in the fourth round of the 2016 French Open, reaching her first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam tournament other than Wimbledon. Following an injury in 2017, she announced a sabbatical from the sport – which was later extended to accommodate her maternity leave. Playing at her first professional tournament in over three years, Tsveti Pironkova made a successful return at the 2020 US Open. She made it all the way to the quarterfinals, her first at a Grand Slam since 2016.
Tsvetana Pironkova has a total of twelve wins over top-10 ranked players and, at a point of time, held one of the longest streak of consecutive Grand Slam appearances at 47. Ahead of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Pironkova launched her own women’s clothing and lifestyle brand, Pironetic.