Sofia Gallery: WTA Stars Shine Off The Court
From autographs to interviews and the Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble, the best from off court.
Published November 02, 2012 12:00
Sofia Arvidsson and Alize Cornet, alternates in Sofia, at a rehearsal with the Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble.
Tsvetana Pironkova was interviewed on court after her win over Zheng Jie by former WTA player Lubomira Bacheva.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has been among the fans at the Qatar Airways Tournament Of Champions Sofia.
Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria's No.1 player, has been a popular figure in off-court activities throughout the week.
Tsvetana Pironkova is actually Bulgaria's No.1 player by far at No.44 in the world - the next highest is No.226.
Tsvetana Pironkova is the first Bulgarian, male or female, to reach the semifinals of a Slam - Wimbledon in 2010.
Roberta Vinci met the press after beating Hsieh Su-Wei on Thursday, a win that qualified her for the semifinals.
Maria Kirilenko is a fan favorite wherever she goes, even after beating the home crowd favorite in her first match.
Maria Kirilenko won her first match with Tsvetana Pironkova before getting edged by Nadia Petrova in her next one.
Zheng Jie at her press conference after a nail-biter against Tsvetana Pironkova, which she lost 7-6 in the third.