Zvonareva Reaches Wimbledon Final

Known for melting down in pressure-packed situations, Russia’s Vera Zvonareva showed she also have nerves of steel as she rallied from a set down to defeat unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in their Wimbledon semifinal match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Zvonareva, the 21st seed this year, struggled early but took control of the match starting the sixth game of the second set to reach her first-ever Grand Slam final and become the second-lowest ranked player to fight for the championship. Zvonareva’s previous best showing in a Grand Slam event was in 2009, when she reached the semifinal at the Australian Open.

Pironkova, who defeated five-time champion Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, appeared headed for another upset when she took the first set in just over 30 minutes. However, the world no.82 crumbled in the end as she lost 10 of the last 13 games.

Zvonareva would face the winner of the other semifinal between defending champion Serena Williams and unseeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.