Qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova, already the surprise of the week in Sydney, has extended the surprise: In yesterday's semifinals, the Bulgarian player (known in some circles as The Pironkova, and perhaps appropriately so at the moment) defeated 2nd seed Petra Kvitova in straight sets. Pironkova served very well, though the rest of her game wasn't at the level she displayed in the quarterfinals. But an imploding Kvitova made it fairly easy for Pironkova (aka IWTM) to get her 6-4, 6-3, victory.
In this match, Pironkova relied more on her backhand, which is certainly the stronger of her choices. However, despite the fact that fans tend to criticize the Bulgarian's slicing forehand, she's won her share of points off of it in this tournament, and especially against Errani. As for Kvitova--she was sweating a lot and some rummaging around for her asthma inhaler during the changeovers.
This is Pironkova's very first final by the way. She'll face Angelique Kerber, who defeated Madison Keys in straight sets. In doubles, top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will play Timea Babos and Lucie Safarova in the final.
In Hobart, top seed Sam Stosur advanced to the semifinals with a win over Bojana Jovanovski. Also advancing were Klara Zakopalova and Estrella Cabeza Candela. The big win of the day came from Garbine Muguruza, who upset 2nd seed Kirsten Flipkens.