Tennis - Seeds keep tumbling as Kvitova loses in Sydney

Australian Open women's contender Petra Kvitova was stunned by a Bulgarian qualifier in the last four of the Sydney International.

Tennis - Seeds keep tumbling as Kvitova loses in Sydney
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Petra Kvitova

Despite crashing out of the semi-finals to 107th ranked Tsvetana Pironkova, second seed and former Wimbledon champion Kvitova was relaxed about her 6-4 6-3 loss three days ahead of the start at Melbourne Park.

"I think the matches I played were great, and I have three under my belt," the Czech world number six said.

"So I think it's really good to have this record coming to Australian Open."

Pironkova, a one-time Wimbledon semi-finalist, is the first qualifier to reach the Sydney final and will battle German Angelique Kerber, who swatted aside Madison Keys in straight sets, for the title.

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