#21 Vera Zvonareva Tsvetana Pironkova

In one of the two semifinal matches on Thursday on the women's side of the draw, Tsvetana Pironkova looks to pull yet another shocking upset when she takes on #21 Vera Zvonareva in Wimbledon betting action. The winner of this match is looking forward to a date that will most likely come with top seeded Serena Williams, though the younger Williams sister has a match to play against unranked Petra Kvitova as well in the second semifinal of the day.

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Zvonareva may not be a household name in the women's tennis world, but she has been ranked as high as #5 in the world in her lengthy career. The Russian has had absolutely no luck here at Wimbledon prior to this year, having never gotten into the second week of play. She was knocked out in the third round last year and had only won two matches in the prior four tournaments combined before that. This will be Zvonareva's second career Grand Slam semifinal, with her only other appearance coming in the '09 Aussie Open. Three Top 15 players have all fallen against Zvonareva in this tournament, as #15 Yanina Wickmayer, #4 Jelena Jankovic, and #8 Kim Clijsters were defeated in the third, fourth, and quarterfinal rounds respectively. Fatigue could become a major issue for the Russian, as she is still alive in the doubles tournament as well with Elena Vesnina.

If you want to talk about a woman that has come out of absolute nowhere to make it to the semifinals here at the All England Club, look no further than Pironkova. The Bulgarian has never won a tournament in her career and has never been ranked higher than 40th in the world. She entered Wimbledon at #82 and hasn't even cracked $1M in career earnings. Pironkova had never beaten a ranked player in a Grand Slam match either at the singles or doubles level, and had never made it beyond the second round of any Grand Slam event. All of a sudden though, Pironkova looks like she is going gangbusters on every woman that she runs into in this field. She has yet to drop a set, and though her route to the finals wasn't overly impressive before the fourth round, dismissing #11 Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-4 and #2 Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 certainly has gotten our attention.

Just as we suggested in our preview of the match between Williams and Kvitova, why not have another upset in the cards on the women's side of Wimbledon? Zvonareva has had a bit of a Murderer's Row to work through to reach this point, and the crowd will inevitably be on the side of the Bulgarian to pull off what would amount to be a shocking upset. Unlike with Kvitova, where we said that an upset would probably happen just often enough to make taking the huge odds worthwhile, we think that Pironkova has a legitimate chance to win this whole tournament.

Selection: Tsvetana Pironkova +200 at BetPhoenix