Playing his first tournament since the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Pironkova gave seeded players such as World No-5 Alize Cornet and Garbine Muguruza an entry into the quarterfinal stage. Pironkova, who gave birth to a son in April 2018, competed after three years of maternity leave.
During the post-match press conference, Pironkova was asked if she expected such a spectacular run at the US Open. The Bulgarian commented that he had no hope of entering the tournament. However, she was happy and felt confident in the opportunity to compete.
“Well, I didn’t expect to come here – of course I had no hope of that. I was just happy that I had this opportunity. Certainly I was skeptical of getting into my first match, but things started working well for me. I played well I was feeling good. I was feeling confident. “ Pironkova after losing to Williams in an epic three-set match.
On a lighter note, Pironkova was asked if she thought she would become more famous than fellow Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov if he kept playing like this. Tsvetana said that she does not want to be compared because people already know her.
“As for the fame in Bulgaria, I think both of us are already very recognizable. People already know me, as well. So I’m not trying to compare,” Pironkova said during a post-match interview. Despite the loss, Pironkova admitted that she tried to get as far as possible and believed that she had done a fantastic job.
Tsvetana Pironkova praised Williams
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was full of praise for fellow mother Pironkova. Williams said Pironkova, 32, played incredibly well and admitted that she could barely win a match when she returned after becoming a mother.
Serena Williams will face arch-rivals Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows.