The American survived a US Open scare against the Bulgarian just 21 days ago Now the two mothers will face off on cold, wet clay
Just 21 days away from her US Open quarter-final clash, Serena Williams has yet to face Tsvetana Pironkova’s extremely unorthodox but effective game
Serena barely outlived the Bulgarian at Flushing Meadows, one set and one break before righting the ship en route to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory Serena came out flat like a pancake during this recent meeting and has no doubt learned from it. She has a career 5-0 record against Pironkova
While clay is not Pironkova’s favorite surface, the conditions in Paris will certainly help her more than Serena, whose overwhelming power will be softened by Wilson’s heavier bullets and cold temperatures
« She’s playing well, but so are I, » Serena told reporters « I’m ready to play with her She’ll be ready to play with me It’ll be a long game, she’ll collect a lot of balls, but so do I. will be ready «
Serena will need to be ready for Pironkova’s forehand Due to the Bulgarian’s extreme grip, it’s hard to tell when the chip is coming; it’s a great tool to keep her opponent off balance. She surprised Serena with a short forehand over and over again in their first set of the US Open
« It’s always exciting to face him, especially after our last game, » Pirinkova told reporters « We played three sets, it was a very exciting game, so we’ll see I’m really, really excited «
Now that Serena knows how dangerous the recently non-retired Pirinkova can be, expect a stronger, more confident start for the 23-time major champion.
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