Found July 03, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
By reaching the semifinals, Kirsten Flipkens matched Kim Clijsters’ best Wimbledon run. For the better part of a decade, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin battled each other for major titles and the World No. 1 ranking while simultaneously putting Belgium on the international sporting stage. Who would’ve ever imagined that a nation that covers just under 12,000 square miles with a population of just over 11 million people would produce not one, but two of the greatest champions in the history of women’s tennis? Unlike other nations which have traditionally produced the game’s greats, including the United States, the Czech Republic and Russia, Belgium did not have a strong championship pedigree in tennis prior to Clijsters and Henin’s success. The pair took a comparatively small nation and turned it into a powerhouse; in addition to holding 11 Grand Slam singles titles between them, the two were ranked No. 1 in the world for a combined 137 weeks and single-handedly led Belgium to a Fed...

Kirsten Flipkens stops match, tells broadcaster to hush

Belgium tennis pro Kirsten Flipkens stopped her fourth-round match against Flavia Pennetta at Wimbledon on Monday to ask for quiet from a BBC broadcaster.Flipkens reportedly became upset when journalist John Watson was speaking too loudly while presenting a segment on BBC World News.During the second set, Flipkens decided that she couldn't take anymore, and gestured angrily up...

Flipkens reaches 1st Grand Slam semi at Wimbledon

Kirsten Flipkens put on a clinical performance to upset former champion Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the Wimbledon semifinals on Tuesday. Featuring in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, the bespectacled Flipkens played with real determination and made only five unforced errors. She fell face-first on the court and kissed the grass after closing out the match with an ace...

Bartoli Cruises Past Flipkens Into Wimbledon Women’s Final

The biggest day of Kirsten Flipkens’ life ended in a punishing defeat, 6-1 6-2, as French 15th seed Bartoli put paid to Belgian hopes. Bartoli suspected that Flipkens’ knee problem was a factor in the one-sided nature of the contest, but admitted she was seeing the tennis ball like a football after nodding off just an hour before they took to the court. Related posts: Serena...

Bartoli Tops Flipkens, Reaches Wimbledon Final Again

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Wimbledon Order of Play for July 4, 2013

WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR THURSDAY 4 JULY   CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START 1 Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] 81 vs Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20] 120 2 Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] 9 vs Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] 33   No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START [...]

Wimbledon Rewind: Thoughts on the Women’s Quarterfinals

Maybe blondes do have more fun. For the second time in three years, Wimbledon will crown a first-time champion on the women’s side.  That development seems fitting in view of the upsets that have riddled the draw.  Here are some thoughts on the women’s quarterfinals. Match of the day:  It spanned three and a half hours, including rain delays, medical treatment, and multiple...
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