Tennis: Pironkova Defeats Tsurenko in Apia International Sydney 1st Round

Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria hits a return to Mona Barthel of Germany during their match on the second day of the 2015 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 01 September 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria's top female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova has prevailed against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the Apia International Sydney tournament on Sunday. 

Pironkova defeated Tsurenko 7-6; 6-2 to move to the second round of the tournament held in Sydney, Australia.

In the second round, Pironkova will be joined by former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated Australian wildcard Tammi Patterson 6-2; 6-0.

Pironkova has a happy history with Sydney, winning eight straight matches to come from qualifying and win the title in 2014 and then losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals last year, recalled.

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