Kirsten Flipkens 2003 -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 2002, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Brαm's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Belgium
Posts: 15,056
Cool Kirsten Flipkens 2003

Here's a quick translation of an article about Belgian up-and-coming player Kirsten Flipkens
I'm sure the fans will appreciate this

"I will always stay a sensible, Limburg girl"

It was 2 years ago, that we heard of Kisten Flipkens for the very 1st time. Flipkens, a native of Mol (Belgian city), beat Catherine Grotz 6-1 6-2 in the final of the "cadettes" (kadetten). Two months later, she won the National "scholieren" singles titel by beating Davina Lobbinger.
And it was last year that she made her 1st big step on the adults' level: she won the prequalifying matches, the qualifying matches and eventually reached the final of the National Tennis Championships. She lost to Daphne Van de Zande, but this doesn't make her amazing progress any smaller! Those results could easily remind us of the progress Sabine Appelmans & Justine Henin made at that age...

Last Summer, right-hander Flipkens won her 1st ITF-tournament in PÚtange (LUX) and 2 weeks later, she won the $10,000 "Flanders Ladies Trophy" challenger of Koksijde. This is quite remarkable, because Kirsten only got a place in the main draw because she got a Wild card. She beat Frenchwoman Capucine Rousseau 6-4 7-6 in the final.

In September, Flipkens reach the QF of the Junior US Open as a qualifier, losing 7-5 2-6 1-6 to top seed Barbora Strycova, the Czech no.1 junior in the world.
In the doubles final, Flipkens and her partner Elke Clijsters, who's also one of her best friends, trashed Americans Robinson/Zawacki 6-1 6-3. This means that they became the 2nd Belgian duo ever to win a doubles slam. Feber/Courtois won RG & Wimbledon in '92 & '93. Feber's pro career was never impressive, but this slam win is definitely a good sign. Justine Henin won RG in 1997 and Kim Clijsters won the doubles titles at the US Open & RG.

Kirsten Flipkens grew up with tennis, thanks to her parents. They didn't push Kirsten into tennis though, they also told her that she'd have to make a lot of sacrifices.
Kirsten Flipkens: "After I'd gone on a tennis camp, I started playing tennis twice a week when I was 6. It was just for fun. When some trainers said I was pretty good, I decided to join the VTV (Flemish Tennis Association). Then came the regional training sessions. Since the 1st year of secondary school, I'm an intern pupil in Wilrijk and I go to school in Mortel. I really like the VTV, because they plan everything very well. I get a lot of good opportunities here, so why would I change?"

Kirsten realizes that she'll have to make some big decisions in the near future. After the US Open, she got a personal trainer (Bernard Dewanne), who will try to make her game better.
Kirsten: "School is still very important, but I'll play some $10,000 and $25,000 challengers to find out how good I really am. But I'll stay a realistic, sensible Limburg girl... I won't put my hopes up too high. The top-100 is nowhere near my goals for next year, but I hope I'll get there some day of course. I will first try to find out how good I am in the juniors tournaments. If I reach the main draws of the junior slams, my season will be good for me.

Even though she likes Agassi, Sampras and especially Roddick, she never had any real idols, except for maybe Graf...
"You know, I just play for myself. I have to work hard and not try to fly too high. In the pro tournaments that I've played so far, I saw that the older players have a much better game, because they are mentally tougher and I know that I'll have to become more focused when I play.
I consider myself as a small, but brave little Belgian. I think it's really cool that little players like Olivier Rochus & Justine Henin also get great results in a game that's dominated by tall power players. We're more fierce than those giants *laughs*"

Flipkens is quite proud of the watch she got from Kim Clijsters during the US Open.
"I see it as a kind of talisman. I've known Kim for a long time now, from the time I started playing tennis. She's a real fiend. I think it's great how, even though she's had such amazingly great results, she's still herself. That's one of the most important things I've learnt from her: modesty."

The next Appelmans?

Steven Martens, former coach of Sabine Appelmans, has worked with Kirsten Flipkens in the past.

Martens: "Kirsten has always been an under-achiever.... She can do a lot better than what's she done up to now. She has great hands, she's very explosive and she can make great shots, but she's also the kind of person who's gets too easily satisfied with a bit less... She has good hands, but she hasn't been consistent in her results.
Kirsten used to be a real play bird (don't really know the word for this in English). She's become a bit more mature now, thank God. She's more confident, a bit calmer and more serious about everything. She's become more consistent too. Her results used to be like.. 1 great week, the next one mediocre or bad... It was always up and down really... She's becoming better, because she fights a lot more for the points now and she keeps herself a bit more under control."

"The expectations shouldn't be too high though", says Martens.
"It's good for her that she tries to play $10,000 tournaments and the big junior tournaments. The lower ITFs and the Junior slams; that's what we'll do in the near future. The young players really live for all those experiences: Australia, Paris, New York...
Last week she was in Croatia ($10k Makarska, I suppose). I guess it was a nice tennis club, but the travelling was done by backpack and not by bus! They see it as a challenge, which shows them that they still have a long way to go..."

Martens is sure that she'll never be as good as Kim & Justine: "55 kg and 1,63m is just too small to make it to the very top", he says.
"10 cm taller would've made a big difference, but then again, she now is a really fierce player due to her small package. Kirsten wins the points, not just to pure power. It would be great for her if she could become as good as Sabine Appelmans: Grand Slam player, a good win every now and then, top-50. And she could become a good Fed Cup player too. The top-10 is too high, but never say never. Dominique Van Roost Monami also surprised me when she reached the top-10!"

Article by FrÚdÚric Vanheule, translated by moi

Last edited by Brαm; Jan 18th, 2004 at 11:52 AM.
Brαm is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 2nd, 2002, 10:08 PM
country flag arn
Senior Member
arn's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Bxl
Posts: 16,242
ThanX Bram
arn is offline  
post #3 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 2002, 01:10 AM
Senior Member
DutchieGirl's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: my own Dutchie world
Posts: 152,959
bedankt Brammeke!

She & Him @ Melkweg "The Max", Amsterdam 6th May 2010
DutchieGirl is offline  
post #4 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 9th, 2002, 11:49 AM
Senior Member
Belgium = Best's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belgium
Posts: 1,217
Dank u voor de informatie, Bram

Of moet ik zeggen: thank you for the information?

Especially Kim

Sandrine Van Handenhoven

Go to

Belgium = Best is offline  
post #5 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 2002, 05:44 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Posts: 2,562
thx Bram

nice article

GooD LucK To
Kim Clijsters

... And To My FriendS
AxeL - David - Dario - PauL - Martin - Wojtek
Kevin - Felix - Amri - Jordan - Manu - James - Bram - Ellen

Lleyki is offline  
post #6 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 2002, 04:08 PM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Paris
Posts: 11,719
thanks bram

will you post els' article now?

A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening ear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn.
E. Blackadder is offline  
post #7 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 2002, 04:37 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2002
Location: only in the FC
Posts: 1,345
merci bram
Penguin is offline  
post #8 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 2002, 10:07 PM
Senior Member
Come-on-kim's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Brussels
Posts: 13,113
Thanks Bram

Sweet as Belgian Chocolate, Bubbly as Champagne

"When you do your best, it's always good enough" - Kim Clijsters

"No matter what happens, you have to try to stay positive, bad things can happen, but if you try to stay positive, something positive will come out of itůI believe that everything happens for a reason" - Kim Clijsters

"Goed is de ergste vijand van zeer goed" - Pascal Smet

"Als je iemand idealiseert, verlies je het contact met de werkelijkheid"

"Ca sĺapprend par la souffrance, ša sĺapprend par les dÚceptions, ša sĺapprend par la densitÚ du mal que ša te fait, plus ša te fait mal et plus ša te fait grandir. Y a des moments o¨ tu te dis je ne vais pas le supporter, ša, ša fait trop mal, et pourtant tu passes au travers."
Come-on-kim is offline  
post #9 of 614 (permalink) Old Nov 27th, 2002, 06:23 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Posts: 1,054
BelgianGirl is offline  
post #10 of 614 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 2002, 06:40 PM
Senior Member
spiceboy's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 51,254
Hi everyone, I found this interesting for you, all professionals tournaments Kirsten has played this year plus the points she has earned...


Petange 10 04.08.02 W 5.75 1 6.75
Koksijde 10 18.08.02 W 5.00 1 6.00
Villenave D'Ornon 10 10.11.02 QF 1.50 1 2.50
Amsterdam 10 07.07.02 QF 2.25 0 2.25
Makarska 10 13.10.02 QF 1.50 0 1.50
Brussels IV 14.07.02 Q.1 1.00 0 1.00
Antwerp II 17.02.02 Q.1 1.00 0 1.00
Le Touquet 10 21.07.02 1.R 0.75 0 0.75
Makarska 10 20.10.02 1.R 0.50 0 0.50
Total : 9 19.25 3 22.25

But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
spiceboy is offline  
post #11 of 614 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 2002, 10:09 AM
Senior Member
DutchieGirl's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: my own Dutchie world
Posts: 152,959
cool, thanks spiceboy!

She & Him @ Melkweg "The Max", Amsterdam 6th May 2010
DutchieGirl is offline  
post #12 of 614 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 2002, 10:15 AM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
per4ever's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Belgium
Posts: 41,228
oh I really like Kirsten she's so pretty

I saw her in Koksijde
per4ever is offline  
post #13 of 614 (permalink) Old Dec 16th, 2002, 06:25 PM
Senior Member
fleemke│'s Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: belgium
Posts: 13,640
she won the trophy for most promising player of the year (second year in a row)

Roland Garros '03,'05,'06,'07
US Open '03,'07 / Australian Open '04
Olympic Gold '04 /
YEC Madrid '06,'07
41 titles

fleemke│ is offline  
post #14 of 614 (permalink) Old Dec 25th, 2002, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Brαm's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Belgium
Posts: 15,056
Kirsten is leaving for Australia on the 27th. She will play a couple of juniors events there, including the Australian Open

Go Kirsten!!!!!!!!!!!
Brαm is offline  
post #15 of 614 (permalink) Old Dec 25th, 2002, 12:54 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 6,969
good luck in Australia kirsten!!!

Elleke is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome