Russia's Vera Zvonareva made it into her second Grand Slam semi-final after beating U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, ranked 8, at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Zvonareva, ranked 21, won 3:6, 6:4, 6:2 - a win that astounded the Russian herself as the "day of surprises" continues at Wimbledon.
"It is one of the most important victories in my career. I have had several important wins but I think I will remember this victory for a long time," Zvonareva told a news conference after the match.
"The match was tough from start to finish," she confessed.
Zvonareva will next face Tsvetana Pironkova after the Bulgarian dumped five-time champion Venus Williams out of the tournament.
She said that she did not feel like a favorite in her clash with Pironkova as "favorites mean nothing in women's tennis today."
"I don't know what everybody is talking about. I just get ready for the next match. And I don't care about somebody being billed as a favorite," she said.
The 25-year-old from Moscow is the only Russian survivor at Wimbledon singles after Maria Sharapova went out to U.S.'s Serena Williams in the fourth round.
MOSCOW, June 29 (RIA Novosti)