Venus, Clijsters wither at Wimby

Updated: June 29, 2010, 2:55 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Just when tennis aficionados were savoring the prospect of a Venus Williams-Kim Clijsters semifinal, a 22-year-old Bulgarian ranked No. 82 in the world and a confidence-challenged Russian, who previously had never beaten her opponent, had their own agendas.

Rated by oddsmakers before the match as a 150-to-1 shot to win the title, Tsvetana Pironkova throttled Williams, the five-time Wimbledon champion, 6-2, 6-3 in a scant 1 hour, 25 minutes. It was ...

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