Kirsten Flipkens Biography
Kirsten Flipkens is a Belgian tennis player. Her WTA vocation high singles positioning is world No. 13, which she accomplished in August 2013.
She had accomplishment as a lesser, winning the young ladies’ duplicates title at the 2002 US Open and the singles titles at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and the 2003 US Open. She went to the tennis academy in Wilrijk at the age of 17. She dropped out of school to continue her career as a professional tennis player.
Kirsten Flipkens Age
She was born on 10 January 1986 in Geel, Belgium. She is 33 years old as of 2019
Kirsten Flipkens Family
She is the only child of a car dealer and a housewife. She speaks Dutch, English, French, and German. One of her trademarks is her prescription glasses, which she has to wear since she’s myopic.
Flipkens Kirsten Career
She began playing tennis at 4 years old. She played tennis, football, volleyball, and basketball before eventually deciding to pursue a career as a tennis player at the age of 12. In her junior career, In 2001, she at the European Youth Olympics Festival in Murcia, Spain. In 2002, Flipkens and Elke Clijsters won the girls’ US Open doubles title.
She played her first professional match in 2001. In 2003, she won the Wimbledon Championships in Girls’ Singles. she was selected to join the Belgium Fed Cup team for the 2003 Fed Cup’s semifinal. She finished 2003 as world No. 1 in both singles and doubles on the junior rankings.
She won her 2nd ITF title in Innsbruck, Austria in July 2004the congenital back injury caused her to be unable to play for several months. In August 2005, she won her 3rd ITF title in Hechingen, Germany. In October 2005, Flipkens won her first main draw match on a WTA tournament in Hasselt. At the 2006 French Open, she qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time.
In Wimbledon 2006, she reached the main draw of a Grand Slam for the second time. She partnered then British No. 2 Andy Murray in mixed doubles. She also reached the second round in the 2006 US Open after qualifying. In September 2006, she replaced the injured Kim Clijsters as the second member of the Belgian Fed Cup team in the final against Italy, alongside Justine Henin-Hardenne. In 2008, she reached the second round of WTA Estoril.
In 2009, She reached the second round of the Australian Open and the French Open. At the 2009 US Open, she reached the third round, after victories in straight sets. She reached the top 100 for the first time in her career at the end of 2009. At her next Grand Slam, the 2010 Australian Open, she lost in the first round but reached the semifinals of the UNICEF Open, a WTA tournament on the grass at Rosmalen.
At Wimbledon 2010, she lost in the second round, She had been troubled by a recurring wrist injury and underwent surgery at the end of the 2010 season. In 2011, she started 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.
In 2012, doctors discovered four life-threatening blood clots in her calf, which prevented her from playing for two months, her ranking dropped 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. In September 2012, she won the Bell Challenge in Quebec for her first WTA title. In October, she participated in the Generali Ladies Linz tournament, and won through qualifying and got onto the main draw. She was ranked at 58th position on the WTA rankings.
In her 2013 season, she began at the Moorilla Hobart International. Her next tournament was the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. She then proceeded to reach the quarterfinal of Memphis as well as the quarterfinal of Miami, She started the French Open 2013 as 21st seed. After the French Open, she reached top 20 for the first time.
She participated in the Aegon Classic in Birmingham for Wimbledon preparation. A week later, she was at the Topshelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. She advanced to the final. She played at Wimbledon as the 20th seed having not even played in the qualifiers the previous year due to her low ranking. She advanced to the semifinals of a Grand Slam. During the semifinal, she suffered from a knee injury, she didn’t play for a month. On 5 August 2013, she reached a career high of 13th in the world.
In October, it was announced that Flipkens would stop working with Maxime Braeckman due to Braeckman wanting to stay more at home with his family. She reached another quarterfinal in Linz and finished the year as 20th in the world.
She began 2014 by reaching a semifinal in Auckland, the next week, she reached the quarterfinal of Hobart. In the Australian Open 2014, she reached the second round.
In February, she made it into the quarterfinal of Paris. In Miami, she reached the fourth round.
In May, she announced that she would begin to work with ex-tennis player Xavier Malisse. Their cooperation ended in June, after the French Open, it didn’t work out. In the French Open, Flipkens lost in the second round. She withdrew from the second round in doubles, with Dominika Cibulková, after she’d fainted on the court during training. She reached the quarterfinal of Birmingham and the third round of Wimbledon. Flipkens finished the season as No. 46 in the world.
In 2015, she began a knee injury and only won one match during the Australian season. She reached her first quarterfinal of the season in Katowice, she was forced to retire because of an 11.5 cm tear in her upper leg, during the tournament of Stuttgart in April. In July, she played the semifinal of Istanbul and the quarterfinal of Baku. After the US Open, she was diagnosed with a cyst on the wrist, which made her unable to play. She made her successful comeback in the Linz Open. She officially finished the year 2015 as No. 93 in the world.
She started the year with a quarterfinal in Auckland. She then reached the second round of the Australian Open. She lost in the tournaments of St-Petersburg and Doha, in Monterrey tournament, she reached the final. After the tournaments of Indian Wells and Miami, she went on to play the quarterfinals of Katowice and won.
She was part of the Belgian Fed Cup team against Serbia in World Group II competition. She played two singles matches. She lost the first one but won the second. She stunted versus freshly crowned French Open victory and world’s number 2 in the Mallorca Open, she reached the semifinal.
She reached the second round in Wimbledon. She entered her first Olympics ever in both singles and doubles. she won her first WTA doubles title, partnering Johanna Larsson from Sweden. At the end of the season, she took part in the IPTL for the third time in a row, as a member of the Micromax Indian Aces. The team ended up as runner-up. She finished the year as No. 63 in the world.
In 2017, she began with the 2017 ASB Classic. She lost in the 1st round to 8th seed. She then competed at the 2017 Hobart International. At the 2017 Australian Open, she lost in the 1st round to 9th seed. After the Australian Open, Flipkens played qualifying at the 2017 St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy.
She made it to the main draw but lost in the first round. In the Fed Cup tie against Romania, she won her singles match. She reached her first quarterfinal of the season in the WTA tournament of Acapulco. In the prestigious tournament of Indian Wells, she reached the second round. In Miami, she was beaten in the third round. She reached other doubles final in Nürnberg. At the French Open, she reached the 2nd round. In doubles, she played together with ex-winner Francesca Schiavone and made it to the quarterfinals.
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An interview about mechanics with Kirsten Flipkens
If you have a father who is a garage owner and also a former rally driver, then someone like Kirsten Flipkens is on familiar ground when you talk to her about cylinders and heavy cars. Especially if you also know that she occasionally enjoys some rides behind the wheel of her Audi S5 Look, which she pimped a bit to her own wishes. But again not too much …
At what age did your dad get you behind the wheel for the first time?
I was 13 years old … Before you went to prance, it was on a parking lot and I assure you, my father sat next to me. (laughs) It was fun and I learned a lot from it because from the first time I passed my driving test.
Apparently, you change your car every three months?
You exaggerate in that! It is true that I change regularly. Let me say: every two or three years. At the moment I am driving an Audi A5 3L. I bought it in July 2010, but now there is already 90,000 km on the clock.
Has your father made you a great price?
I didn’t even buy that car from him. I always claimed that I would never buy a new car. Why two? The day you drive a new car out of the garage and you do 100 meters with it, it already loses its value. But in this case, Audi gave me such nice acquisition conditions …
Is it true that during your period as a junior you were driving from tournament to tournament in a camper?
No, that’s not right. I do occasionally take the car to go to a tournament. Such as recently for that of Luxembourg. That was only 250 km from where I live. When I get home, I often take the car. I love driving. And I also have the best apologies. My kine lives at 80 kilometers, my friends live in Hasselt ( a Dutch-speaking city about 70 km from Brussels, ed )
When did you first replace a wheel?
In June, after the semi-final at the Rosmalen tournament. I took the car, drove home, and baf, a flat tire. If I’m honest … Allez, I called my father then if he couldn’t come and get me. I didn’t want to take a risk. But in theory, I know how to do it …
Tell us about that car with license plate FLI003 …
Very simple: in 2003, I won Wimbledon and the US Open and I became world champion at the juniores. Three titles. And the car is off the 3L type. And I’m the third Flipkens after my grandfather and dad. And as far as the FLI is concerned, you already guessed that these are the first letters of my family name.
Formula 1 of Rallye WRC?
Rally! I’m not a big fan of F1. I think the competition lasts way too long. The rally appeals to me more because my father participated in rallies when he was still there. I confess: I’d love to race on a circuit. I was already in a car but as a co-driver. Anthony Kumpen then rode ( Kumpen is a Belgian driver who has 5 victories on his CV in the 24 Hours of Zolder. He also became Belgian champion Belcar Endurance Championship three times ).
Electric car or gasoline?
Gasoline. Because of the noise from the engine, of course!
The car of your dreams?
Pfff !!! A lot. OK, one then. A Porsche 911 Turbo.
Your top speed?
No offense, because it happened in Germany at a place where there were no limits. I must have driven approximately between 220 and 225 km/hour. In Belgium, the highways are not that good and since there are many oldies on the road, 130-140 km/hour should be the maximum …
For or against tuning?
On my Audi S5 Look, I have placed some mirrors. I’d rather call that a little bit of personalization. You can start fiddling with the engine or have tinted windows installed, but I think something like that should remain discreet. I don’t want to be called a “Johnny” as we say in Flanders.
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