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Tennis: Venus Williams stunned in Wimbledon quarterfinals

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By The Staff

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Five-time champion Venus Williams was ousted in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, losing 6-2, 6-3 to 82nd-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

The second-seeded Williams, who had reached the Wimbledon final in eight of the past 10 years, was undone by a slew of unforced errors and double faults in the biggest upset of the women's tournament.

In another surprise, 21st-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia rallied to beat two-time U.S. Open winner Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal.

Venus Williams never got on track against the 22-year-old Pironkova, who was the lowest-ranked player left in the women's draw and had never previously passed the second round in 18 previous Grand Slams.

The loss rules out another all-sister final between Venus and Serena Williams, the defending champion who faced China's Li Na in a later quarterfinal.

Pironkova also beat Williams in the first round of the Australian Open in 2006, but few gave her a chance of replicating the feat on the grass at the All England Club, where Williams has dominated for a decade.

But Williams was clearly off her game and Pironkova took advantage.


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