Flipkens at the 2009 US Open
10 January 1986 |
||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
||1 WTA, 12 ITF
||21 (13 May 2013)
||21 (13 May 2013)
|Grand Slam Singles results
||2R (2006, 2009, 2010)
||0 WTA, 1 ITF
||221 (5 April 2010)
|Grand Slam Doubles results
Last updated on: 15 April 2013.
Kirsten Flipkens (born 10 January 1986 in Geel) is a professional female Belgian tennis player. Her career high rank for singles is no. 21 (13 May 2013). She has won one WTA singles title, 12 ITF singles titles, and one ITF doubles title. She was also successful on the Junior Circuit.
Junior career 
In 2002, Flipkens and Elke Clijsters won the girls' US Open double title.
In 2003, Flipkens won the Wimbledon Championships in girls' singles beating Anna Chakvetadze 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, and the US Open in girls' singles, defeating Michaëlla Krajicek, 6–3, 7–5. Following her two wins in two Grand Slam juniors events, Flipkens was selected to join the Belgium Fed Cup team for the 2003 Fed Cup's semifinal opposing the United States. She played her first Fed Cup match against then WTA no. 17 Meghann Shaughnessy and lost 7–6 (7/4), 6–7 (8/10), 7–9. At the end of the year, she received the award for Best Belgian Talent and was named ITF Junior World Champion.
Professional career 
At the 2006 French Open, Flipkens was playing her first ever Grand Slam tournament. She reached the second round. She also reached the second round in the 2006 US Open after qualifying, falling to eventual semifinalist Jelena Janković. For Wimbledon 2006 she partnered then British no. 2 Andy Murray in mixed doubles. That same year, she lost two singles matches and the decisive doubles match in the Fed Cup final against Italy.
In 2009, Flipkens reached the second round of the Australian Open and the French Open. She defeated no. 30 Ágnes Szávay to reach the second round at Wimbledon, where she faced Elena Baltacha. Flipkens beat the British wildcard in straight sets to set up an encounter with top seed Dinara Safina and a place in a Grand Slam third round for the first time in her career. She lost to the Russian, after having a set point in the first set, 5–7, 1–6. At the 2009 US Open, she reached the third round, after victories in straight sets over Dokic and Anabel Medina Garrigues. She suffered a defeat in the third round, losing to compatriot and eventual champion Kim Clijsters, 0–6, 2–6. In October 2009, she again defeated Garrigues to reach the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open.
At her next Grand Slam, the 2010 Australian Open, Flipkens lost in the first round to another unseeded countrywoman making a comeback, Justine Henin, 4–6, 3–6. At the 2010 French Open, she beat Japan's Ayumi Morita in the first round, 6–1, 6–4. Maria Sharapova beat her in straight sets in the second round. In the week before Wimbledon, she reached the semifinals of the UNICEF Open, a WTA tournament on grass at Rosmalen, where she lost to Andrea Petkovic. At Wimbledon 2010, she lost in the second round to Yanina Wickmayer. She had been troubled by a recurring wrist injury and underwent surgery at the end of the 2010 season.
Flipkens started 2011 with a first-round loss at the Australian Open and did not win one Grand Slam match that year. She reached the semifinals at the 2011 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Fes, Morocco, during the clay-court season. At Rosmalen, she teamed up with Coco Vandeweghe to reach the semifinals in doubles.
In April 2012, doctors discovered blood clots in her calf, which prevented her from playing for two months. During this time, her ranking dropped to no. 262 and she lost her funding from the Flemish Tennis Association (VTV). She returned to the tour at Rosmalen, where she beat Samantha Stosur in the first round and reached the semi-finals. She qualified in singles for the 2012 US Open and made it to the second round, where she was defeated by eventual finalist Victoria Azarenka. She also partnered with Kim Clijsters in doubles, but they were beaten in the first round. In September 2012, she won the Bell Challenge in Quebec for her first WTA title, after wins over top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, Mona Barthel and Lucie Hradecka, among others.
In October, she participated in the Generali Ladies Linz tournament, where she won through qualifying and got into the main draw. She then defeated Alizé Cornet in the first round, a qualifier in the second round, and 2nd seed Ana Ivanovic 6–4, 6–0 in the quarterfinals. Ultimately, she lost in three sets to Julia Goerges in the semifinals. This result brought her to a career-high 58th position on the WTA rankings. During this month, Clijsters announced that she would help her as a part-coach. In December 2012, Maxime Braeckman became her new coach full-time coach, but she will continue to work with Clijsters as well.
Flipkens started her 2013 season at the Moorilla Hobart International. In the first round, she won against Francesca Schiavone 2–6, 6–3, 7–6 (7/3), and continued with wins over Bojana Jovanovski and Monica Niculescu, before falling to Mona Barthel in the semifinals (4–6, 4–6). Her next tournament was the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. She defeated Mandy Minella, Klara Zakopalová, Valeria Savinykh in the first rounds to advance to the fourth round where she lost 1–6, 0–6 to Maria Sharapova.
WTA career finals 
Singles: 1 (1–0) 
|Winner — Legend
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
|Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
|Titles by Surface
||September 16, 2012
||Quebec City, Canada
|| Lucie Hradecká
Singles Performance Timeline 
Doubles Performance Timeline 
Won tournament, or reached Final, Semifinal, Quarterfinal, Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage or lost in Qualification Round 3, 2, Round 1; absent from a tournament or participated in a team event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics, the former of which has, from 1908–1924 and 1996–present, been awarded to the winner of a play-off match between losing semifinalists. The last two are for a Masters Series/1000 tournament that was relegated (Not a Masters Series) or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of (not during) a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Current till 2013 Australian Open.
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