Open main menu

Kirsten "Flipper" Flipkens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkɪrstən ˈflɪpkəns]; born 10 January 1986) is a Belgian tennis player. Her WTA career-high singles ranking is world No. 13, which she achieved in August 2013.[1] She had success as a junior, winning the girls' doubles title at the 2002 US Open and the singles titles at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships and the 2003 US Open. Since then she has won one WTA singles title, 4 WTA doubles titles, 12 ITF singles titles, and one ITF doubles title. Her best Grand Slam performance was at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, where she reached the semifinal. In the same year, she was crowned Sportswoman of the Year at the Belgian Sport Awards. In 2016, Flipkens entered in her first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and made it to the third round in singles. She is also the Belgian player who has played the most years in Fed Cup (16 years as of 2019).[2] For this reason, she received the Fed Cup Commitment Award in 2016.[3]

Kirsten Flipkens
Flipkens WM17 (17) (36143141966).jpg
Country (sports) Belgium
ResidenceMol, Belgium
Born (1986-01-10) 10 January 1986 (age 33)
Geel, Belgium
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachMaxime Braeckman
Prize money$4,635,396
Career record489–354 (58.0%)
Career titles1 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 13 (5 August 2013)
Current rankingNo. 59 (15 April 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2013)
French Open2R (2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)
WimbledonSF (2013)
US Open3R (2009)
Career record112–109 (50.7%)
Career titles5 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 26 (24 June 2019)
Current rankingNo. 26 (24 June 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2016, 2019)
French OpenSF (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2017, 2018)
US Open2R (2013, 2015)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open1R (2013)
Wimbledon3R (2018)
Team competitions
Fed CupF (2006)
Last updated on: 21 April 2019.


Early lifeEdit

Born on 10 January 1986 in Geel, Belgium as the only child of a car dealer and a house wife.[4] She began playing tennis at 4 years old.[5] Flipkens played tennis, football, volleyball and basketball before eventually deciding to pursue a career as a tennis player at the age of 12. She then went to the tennis academy in Wilrijk where she became friends with Kim Clijsters.[6] At the age of 17, after winning Wimbledon and the US Open as a junior, she dropped out of school to continue her career as a professional tennis player.[4] She speaks Dutch, English, French and German.[7] One of her trademarks is her prescripted glasses, which she has to wear since she's myopic.[8]


Junior careerEdit

In 2001, Flipkens won the bronze medal at the European Youth Olympics Festival in Murcia, Spain.[9]

In 2002, Flipkens and Elke Clijsters won the girls' US Open doubles title, beating Shadisha Robsinon and Tory Zawacki in the final with 6–1, 6–3.[10]

In 2003, Flipkens won the Wimbledon Championships in girls' singles, beating Anna Chakvetadze 6–4, 3–6, 6–3[11] 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.[12] She played her first Fed Cup match against then WTA No. 17 Meghann Shaughnessy and lost 7–6, 6–7, 7–9.[13] She finished 2003 as world No. 1 in both singles and doubles on the junior rankings. At the end of the year, she received the award for Best Belgian Talent and was named ITF Junior World Champion.[14][15]

Professional careerEdit


Flipkens played her first professional match in 2001, but didn't officially become a professional tennis player until 2003. She won her second ITF title in Innsbruck, Austria in July 2004 but then struggled with a congenital back injury during the second half of 2004, causing her to be unable to play for several months.[16] In August 2005, she won her third ITF title in Hechingen, Germany. In October 2005, Flipkens won her first main-draw match on a WTA tournament in Hasselt, against Italian Silvia Farina Elia. At the 2006 French Open, Flipkens qualified for the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. She reached the second round. In Wimbledon, Flipkens also reached the main draw but lost to Jamea Jackson in the first round. She partnered then British No. 2 Andy Murray in mixed doubles.[17] She also reached the second round in the US Open after qualifying, falling to eventual semifinalist Jelena Janković. 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. Flipkens lost both her singles matches (against Schiavone and Santangelo). She and Henin-Hardenne then played the decisive doubles together, but had to retire in the third and final set due to Henin-Hardenne tearing a muscle in her leg, which led to Belgium losing the final with 2–3.[18] In 2007, Flipkens suffered from an injury to the wrist, which resulted in her not being able to play for several months.[19] In 2008, she reached the second round of WTA Estoril, beating Lucie Šafářová 7–5, 6–4 in the first round. She also won three ITF tournaments in 2008.

Kirsten Flipkens at the 2009 US Open

In 2009, Flipkens reached the second round of the Australian Open and the French Open. She defeated No. 30 Ágnes Szávay in order 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 US Open, she reached the third round, after victories in straight sets over Jelena Dokic and Anabel Medina Garrigues.[20][21] She suffered a defeat in the third round, losing to compatriot and eventual champion Kim Clijsters, 0–6, 2–6.[22] In October, she again defeated Medina Garrigues to reach the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open.[23] Flipkens reached the top 100 for the first time in her career at the end of 2009.

At the 2010 Australian Open Flipkens lost in the first round to another unseeded countrywoman making a comeback, Justine Henin, 4–6, 3–6.[24] At the 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.[25] At Wimbledon, 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.[26]

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 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Fes, Morocco during the clay-court season.[27] At Rosmalen, she teamed up with CoCo Vandeweghe to reach the semifinals in doubles.[28]


In April 2012, doctors discovered four life-threatening 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).[29] She returned to the WTA Tour at Rosmalen, where she beat Samantha Stosur in the first round and reached the semifinals.[30][31]

She qualified in singles for the US Open and made it to the second round, where she was defeated by eventual finalist Victoria Azarenka.[32] She also partnered with Kim Clijsters in doubles, but they were beaten in the first round.[33] In September 2012, she won the Bell Challenge in Quebec for her first WTA title,[34] after wins over top-seeded Dominika Cibulková, Mona Barthel and Lucie Hradecká, among others.[35]

In October, she participated in the Generali Ladies Linz tournament, where she won through qualifying and got onto the main draw. She then defeated Alizé Cornet in the first round, a qualifier in the second round, and second seed Ana Ivanovic 6–4, 6–0 in the quarterfinals.[36][37] Ultimately, she lost in three sets to Julia Görges in the semifinals.[38] This result brought her to a career-high 58th position on the WTA rankings. During this month, Kim Clijsters announced that she would help her as a part-coach.[39] In December 2012, Maxime Braeckman became her new coach full-time coach, but she still occasionally worked with Clijsters.[40]

At the end of the season, she was nominated for "Comeback Player of the Year" at the WTA Awards, an award that would eventually go to Yaroslava Shvedova. In December, Flipkens received the VTV Award for "Belgian Player of the Year".[41]


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 and continued with wins over Bojana Jovanovski and Monica Niculescu, before falling to Mona Barthel in the semifinals (4–6, 4–6).[42][43] Her next tournament was the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. She defeated Mandy Minella, Klara Zakopalová, and Valeria Savinykh in the first rounds to advance to the fourth round where she lost 1–6, 0–6 to Maria Sharapova.[44]

She then proceeded to reach the quarterfinal of Memphis (lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková) as well as the quarterfinal of Miami, where she beat Petra Kvitová in the second round before eventually falling to Agnieszka Radwańska. She started the French Open as 21st seed, and beat Flavia Pennetta in the first round before losing to 2010-champion Francesca Schiavone. After the French Open, Flipkens reached top 20 for the first time.[45]

To prepare for Wimbledon, Flipkens participated in the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. Top-seeded of the tournament, she was free from the first round. In the second round, she beat qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic 4–6, 6–4, 7–5.[46] She lost 7–6, 6–2 to Magdaléna Rybáriková in the third round.[47] A week later, Flipkens was at the Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. She advanced to the final but was ultimately beaten by Simona Halep.[48]

Flipkens played at Wimbledon as the 20th seed having not even played in the qualifiers the previous year due to her low ranking. She exceeded expectations by advancing to the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, beating Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round with 7–6, 6–3 and former champion Petra Kvitová with 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the quarterfinals.[49][50] However, she was defeated 6–1, 6–2 by eventual champion Marion Bartoli in the semifinal.[51] During her semifinal, Flipkens suffered from a knee-injury, for which she didn't play for a month.[52]

She reached a career high of 13th in the world on 5 August 2013.

In the first round of Toronto, she beat Venus Williams 0–6, 6–4, 6–2 and reached the quarterfinal before losing to world No. 1 Serena Williams 0–6, 3–6.

She began the US Open as 12th seed. However, she was beaten in straight sets in the first round by two-time champion Venus Williams, who took revenge for her loss against Flipkens two weeks earlier in Toronto.

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.[53]

Flipkens reached another quarterfinal in Linz and finished the year as 20th in the world. In December, she took part in the Kim Clijsters Invitational, an exhibition tournament where she won against Ana Ivanovic in a singles match and lost against Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse, whilst partnering Henri Leconte in a mixed doubles match.[54]

On 22 December 2013, she received the prestigious award for Sportswoman of the Year in Belgium[55] as well as the VTV Award for "Belgian Player of the Year" for the second year in a row.[56]


Flipkens began 2014 by reaching a semifinal in Auckland, where she lost to Ana Ivanovic, 0–6, 6–7. The next week, she reached the quarterfinal of Hobart (losing to Garbiñe Muguruza). She then beat Laura Robson in the Australian Open, where she ended up reaching the second round in which she was defeated by Casey Dellacqua.[57]

In February, she made it into the quarterfinals of Paris, but lost to Maria Sharapova. In Miami, she reached the fourth round before losing to Sharapova again.

In May, Flipkens announced that she would begin to work with ex-tennis player Xavier Malisse.[58] However, their cooperation ended in June, after the French Open, because it didn't work out.[59]

In the French Open, Flipkens lost in the second round to Julia Glushko. Flipkens withdrew from the second round in doubles, with Dominika Cibulková, after she'd fainted on court during training and doctors at the site had sent her to the hospital where she'd spent the night on intensive care since heart problems were feared.[60] However, later tests revealed that she was healthy and fit to play.[61]

Flipkens reached the quarterfinal of Birmingham, where she was beaten by Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, and the third round of Wimbledon against Angelique Kerber.

As a wildcard in the tournament of New Haven, she made it into the quarterfinal after an epic against Andrea Petkovic (4–6, 7–6, 7–6) but was eventually beaten by Samantha Stosur 3–6, 6–4, 3–6.[62]

In the US Open, she lost in the first round to Italian Sara Errani.

Flipkens finished the season as No. 46 in the world.[7]

At the end of the season, she took part in the first edition of the International Premier Tennis League, where she played for the Manila Mavericks and was teammates with – amongst others – Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. During this two-and-a-half week during event, Flipkens mainly excelled as a mixed doubles player, alongside multiple champion Daniel Nestor. The Manila Mavericks ended third in the competition.[63]


Flipkens started 2015 with a knee injury and only won one match during the Australian season (against Johanna Larsson in Auckland). In the Australian Open 2015, she was beaten by friend and doubles partner Dominika Cibulková 3–6, 6–3, 6–1.[64] During the Fed Cup, she and her teammates failed to bring Belgium back to the World Group II after the team lost their final tie against Croatia.[65]

She reached her first quarterfinal of the season in Katowice, where she lost to compatriot Alison Van Uytvanck. During the tournament of Stuttgart in April, she was forced to retire because of an 11.5 cm tear in her upper leg. This healed better than expected and against all the odds she made it into the French Open, where she lost the first round against Elena Vesnina.[66]

In Wimbledon, she played the second round against former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, but lost 4–6, 2–6. After Wimbledon, she fell out of the top 100 for the first time since 2012.

In July, she played the semifinal of Istanbul (beating – amongst others – Francesca Schiavone and Alizé Cornet)[67] and the quarterfinal of Baku. Thanks to these two good results, she made it back into the top 100.[68] She proceeded to play the final of 100K ITF Vancouver, where she lost to Johanna Konta from Britain.[69]

At the US Open, she was beaten in the first round by Varvara Lepchenko. In doubles, she played alongside Laura Robson. They reached the second round, where they were beaten by fifth seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik.

After the US Open, Flipkens was diagnosed with a cyst on the wrist, which made her unable to play, resulting in her dropping out of the top 100 again. She made her comeback in the Linz Open. This comeback was successful; Flipkens reached the semifinal (beating – amongst others – former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki) before eventually falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–3, 3–6, 6–2.[70]

She officially finished the year 2015 as No. 93 in the world.

At the end of the season, Flipkens continued to play a couple of WTA 125K's, in Poitiers, Hua Hin and Taipei. Poitiers and Hua Hin were no success, as she respectively lost in the second and in the first round. In Taipei, however, Flipkens managed to reach the semifinal. This caused her ranking to rise up to 85 after the official season's end rankings.[71]


Flipkens at the 2016 US Open

Flipkens started the year with a quarterfinal in Auckland.[72] She then reached the second round of the Australian Open, where she lost to third seed Garbiñe Muguruza (4–6, 2–6).[73] In doubles, she and her partner Dominika Cibulkova had their best Grand Slam result yet. They reached the fourth round where they lost to Anastasia and Arina Rodionova (7–5, 2–6, 4–6).[74]

In the tournaments of St-Petersburg and Doha, Flipkens lost in the first round. In the following tournament in Monterrey, she reached the final after beating Francesca Schiavone (6–3, 7–6), Alison Van Uytvanck (6–2, 4–6, 6–3), Johanna Konta (6–3, 6–7, 6–1) and Anett Kontaveit (7–6, 6–4). In the final, she eventually lost to Heather Watson (3–6, 6–2, 6–3).[75] This good result was rewarded with a place back in the top 60, at no. 59.[76]

After the tournaments of Indian Wells and Miami (where she respectively lost in the final qualifying round against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and the second round against Madison Keys),[77][78] Flipkens went on to play the quarterfinals of Katowice, where she was defeated by Camila Giorgi (6–2, 5–7, 6–4).[79]

Flipkens was part of the Belgian Fed Cup team against Serbia as the two nations were competing for a spot in World Group II. As Belgium's second player (after Yanina Wickmayer), Flipkens played two singles matches. She lost the first one against Aleksandra Krunić, but beat the 18-year-old Ivana Jorović in the decider, and with this victory ensured Belgium of a place back into World Group II after three consecutive years in the Europe-Africa Zone I.[80]

The clay season didn't go well for Flipkens. She was plagued by a wrist injury, and only managed to win one match (against Donna Vekic in Istanbul) in the clay tournaments she entered. In the French Open, she was destroyed by Alizé Cornet in the first round (6–1, 6–0). In doubles, she and her partner Dominika Cibulkova reached the second round, where they retired vs. fourth seeds Babos/Shvedova.[81][82]

In the Mallorca Open, Flipkens stunted versus freshly crowned French Open victor and world's No. 2, Garbiñe Muguruza, beating her in the first round with 6–3, 6–4. She proceeded to reach the semifinal, where she was eventually beaten by the future tournament winner, Caroline Garcia, with 6–4, 4–6, 6–1. Flipkens also reached the semifinal in doubles, together with her partner Ana Ivanovic.[83]

In Wimbledon, Flipkens reached the second round, where she lost to ninth seed Madison Keys with 6–4, 4–6, 6–3.[84]

Flipkens entered her first Olympics ever in both singles and doubles. In singles, she stunned the gold medalist from Sydney 2000, and three times doubles champion, Venus Williams in the first round, defeating her after an epic match with 4–6, 6–3, 7–6.[85] In the second round, Flipkens beat Lucie Šafářová, who retired after losing the first set with 6–2.[86] Eventually, Flipkens was beaten in R16 by Laura Siegemund from Germany, with 6–4, 6–3.[87] In doubles, Flipkens played alongside Yanina Wickmayer. In the first round, the Belgians faced Kazakh duo Shvedova/Voskoboeva, who retired after losing the first set with 6–1.[88] However, Flipkens and Wickmayer were defeated in the round of 16 by the Spanish team Muguruza/Suarez Navarro, the fourth seeds, with 7–5, 2–6, 6–2.[89]

In the US Open, Flipkens didn't get past the first round as she was demolished by fifth seed Simona Halep with 6–0, 6–2.[90] In doubles, she also lost in the first round, alongside Belinda Bencic.[91]

In Seoul, Flipkens won her first WTA doubles title, partnering Johanna Larsson from Sweden. They defeated Akiko Omae and Peangtarn Plipuech in the final with 6–2, 6–3.[92]

At the end of the season, Flipkens 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, losing to the Singapore Slammers with 30–14.[93] She was one of the players to receive the Fed Cup Commitment Award at the end of 2016 for being the Belgian player who's represented her country in the Fed Cup the longest: a total of 13 years in 2016. Flipkens was also nominated for a WTA Award in the category of Shot of the Year for a spectacular behind-the-back winner she scored against Kristyna Pliskova in Seoul.[94]

Flipkens finished the year as No. 63 in the world.


Flipkens began the 2017 year at the ASB Classic. She lost in the first round to eighth seed and eventual finalist Ana Konjuh 4–6, 6–3, 3–6.[95] Next, Flipkens competed at the 2017 Hobart International. In the first round, she beat wildcard Jaimee Fourlis 7–6, 6–4.[96] In the second round, Flipkens was defeated by third seed and eventual finalist Monica Niculescu 6–3, 6–2.[97] At the Australian Open, Flipkens lost in the first round to ninth seed Johanna Konta 5-7, 2-6.[98]

After the Australian Open, Flipkens played qualifying at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy. Flipkens made it to the main draw after beating Viktoriya Tomova, Paula Cristina Gonçalves, and seventh seed Donna Vekić. In the first round, she lost to Alizé Cornet 4–6, 2–6.[99] In the Fed Cup tie against Romania, Flipkens won her singles match against Monica Niculescu and thusly aided the Belgian team in securing a place in the World Group play-offs, since the team beat the Romanians with 3–1.[100][101][102] At the Hungarian Ladies Open, Flipkens was defeated in the first round by qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 4–6, 6–4, 6–1.[103]

Flipkens reached her first quarterfinal of the season at the WTA Acapulco, where she lost to Kristina Mladenovic.[104] In the prestigious tournament of Indian Wells, she beat 17-year-old talent CiCi Bellis but got beaten by Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round.[105][106] In Miami she was beaten by Dominika Cibulkova in the third round.[107]

Alongside Johanna Larsson, Flipkens reached another doubles final in Nürnberg. The pair was beaten by Nicole Melichar and Anna Smith with 3–6, 6–3, [11–9].[108]

At the French Open, Flipkens reached the second round but lost to Samantha Stosur. In doubles, she played together with ex-winner Francesca Schiavone. They made it to the quarterfinals.

Playing styleEdit

Flipkens describes herself as "an all court player" whose biggest strength is her "serve and all round game".[4] She makes up for her short height and relative lack of physical strength with her good forehand and serve, her quickness and agility, and her ability to play almost every shot (which results in her frequently being awarded with "Shot of the Day" by the WTA). Her trademark shot is backhand slice and she often plays serve-and-volley. She prefers fast courts. Her favorite surface is grass.[4]


Flipkens is sponsored by Babolat for tennis rackets. Her glasses are sponsored by Oakley. She used to wear Adidas clothing, but as of 2017 she launched her own clothing line and now plays in clothes she's designed herself. She also designed the official outfits of the Belgian Fed Cup team.[109]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (1–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–2)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2012 Tournoi de Québec, Canada International Carpet (i)   Lucie Hradecká 6–1, 7–5
Loss 1–1 Jun 2013 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Simona Halep 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1–2 Mar 2016 Monterrey Open, Mexico International Hard   Heather Watson 6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–3 Jun 2018 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Aleksandra Krunić 7–6(7–0), 5–7, 1–6

Doubles: 12 (5 titles, 7 runners–up)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (5–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-3)
Grass (2–2)
Clay (1-2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2016 Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea International Hard   Johanna Larsson   Akiko Omae
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–2, 6–3
Loss 1–1 May 2017 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay   Johanna Larsson   Nicole Melichar
  Anna Smith
6–3, 3–6, [9–11]
Win 2–1 Jun 2017 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Dominika Cibulková   Kiki Bertens
  Demi Schuurs
4–6, 6–4, [10–6]
Loss 2–2 Oct 2017 Luxembourg Open, Luxembourg International Hard (i)   Eugenie Bouchard   Lesley Kerkhove
  Lidziya Marozava
7–6(7-4), 4–6, [6–10]
Loss 2–3 Feb 2018 Hungarian Ladies Open, Budapest, Hungary International Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Georgina García Pérez
  Fanny Stollár
6–4, 4–6, [3–10]
Win 3–3 Apr 2018 Ladies Open Lugano, Switzerland International Clay   Elise Mertens   Vera Lapko
  Aryna Sabalenka
6–1, 6–3
Loss 3–4 May 2018 Nuremberg Cup, Germany International Clay   Johanna Larsson   Demi Schuurs
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–3, 3–6, [7–10]
Loss 3–5 Jun 2018 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Kiki Bertens   Elise Mertens
  Demi Schuurs
3–3 ret.
Win 4–5 Oct 2018 Linz Open, Austria International Hard (i)   Johanna Larsson   Raquel Atawo
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
4–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Loss 4–6 Jan 2019 Hobart International, Australia International Hard   Johanna Larsson   Chan Hao-ching
  Latisha Chan
3–6, 6–3, [6–10]
Win 5–6 Jun 2019 Mallorca Open, Spain International Grass   Johanna Larsson   María José Martínez Sánchez
  Sara Sorribes Tormo
6–2, 6–4
Loss 5–7 Jun 2019 Eastbourne International, UK Premier Grass   Bethanie Mattek-Sands   Chan Hao-ching
  Latisha Chan
6–2, 3–6, [6–10]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 24 (13–11)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–8)
Clay (11–3)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 4 August 2002 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay   Tanja Hirschauer 4–6, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 2. 18 August 2002 Koksijde, Belgium Clay   Michelle Gerards 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 1. 2 November 2003 Nottingham, Great Britain Hard (i)   Sybille Bammer 4–6, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 3. 5 April 2004 Naples, Italy Clay   Mandy Minella 5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 25 July 2004 Innsbruck, Austria Clay   Michaela Paštiková 6–2, 6–3
Winner 5. 14 August 2005 Hechingen, Germany Clay   Magdaléna Rybáriková 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 5 February 2006 Belfort, France Hard (i)   Kristina Barrois 2–6, 6–3, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 6. 5 March 2006 Las Palmas, Spain Clay   Alla Kudryavtseva 6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 30 July 2006 Pétange, Luxembourg Clay   Yuliya Beygelzimer 7–5, 6–7(6–8), 4–6
Runner-up 4. 22 October 2006 Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i)   Angelique Kerber 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 18 November 2007 Deauville, France Clay (i)   Aravane Rezaï 4–6, 3–6
Winner 7. 2 March 2008 Buchen, Germany Carpet (i)   Sandra Záhlavová 6–1, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 18 March 2008 Las Palmas, Spain Hard   Chayenne Ewijk 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–7(4–7)
Winner 8. 20 March 2008 Tessenderlo, Belgium Clay (i)   Caroline Maes 7–5, 6–1
Winner 9. 15 June 2008 Marseille, France Clay   Stéphanie Foretz 7–6(7–4), 6–2
Runner-up 7. 1 March 2009 Biberach, Germany Hard (i)   Karolina Šprem 1–6, 2–6
Winner 10. 19 July 2009 Zwevegem, Belgium Clay   Yurika Sema 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 8. 2 April 2011 Monzón, Spain Hard   Petra Cetkovská 7–5, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 9. 18 February 2012 Rabat, Morocco Clay   Jasmina Tinjić 6–7(4–7), 6–2, 5–7
Runner-up 10. 26 February 2012 Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Annika Beck 1–6, 5–7
Winner 11. 8 July 2012 Middelburg, Netherlands Clay   Aravane Rezaï 6–0, 6–1
Winner 12. 5 August 2012 Rebecq, Belgium Clay   Myrtille Georges 6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 11. 23 August 2015 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Johanna Konta 2–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 29. June 2018 Southsea, United Kingdom Grass   Katie Boulter 6–4, 5–7, 6–3

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A 2R 1R 1R Q3 4R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 11 7–11
French Open A Q1 2R A Q2 2R 2R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 11 7–11
Wimbledon Q2 Q3 1R A Q2 3R 2R 1R A SF 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 11 14–11
US Open A Q1 2R A Q2 3R 1R Q1 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 10 6–10
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–1 0–0 6–4 4–4 0–3 1–1 9–4 2–4 1–4 2–4 3–4 4–4 1-3 0 / 43 35–43
Career statistics
Year-End ranking 169 201 105 363 104 81 77 194 54 20 46 93 63 76 48

Doubles performance timelineEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R 0 / 9 6–9
French Open 1R A A A 2R A 2R QF 2R SF 0 / 6 10–6
Wimbledon 1R A A 2R 1R A 1R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 7 6–7
US Open 1R A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 8 3–8
Win–Loss 0–4 0–1 0–1 2–3 1–4 2–2 3–4 6–4 3–4 7-3 0 / 30 25–30

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1.   Samantha Stosur No. 5 UNICEF Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass 1R 7–6(9–7), 6–3
2.   Petra Kvitová No. 8 Sony Open Tennis, Miami, United States Hard 3R 6–0, 4–6, 6–1
3.   Petra Kvitová No. 8 Wimbledon Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
4.   Garbiñe Muguruza No. 2 Mallorca Open, Spain Grass 1R 6–3, 6–4
5.   Venus Williams No. 6 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Hard 1R 4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–5)


  1. ^ sdv. "Flipkens haalt hoogste ranking ooit". De Standaard. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Fed Cup - Teams". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Fed Cup - Players". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "News". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Biografie". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b admin (16 July 2018). "Kirsten Flipkens". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Sire, zijn er nog Belgen (in Parijs)?". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ "BOIC". Team Belgium. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ Fayat, Serge (10 September 2002). "US Open – Elke Clijsters et Flipkens". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Wimbledon – Une Belge remporte le tournoi junior". La Libre Belgique. 6 July 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  12. ^ Fayat, Serge (18 November 2013). "Kirsten Flipkens entre dans la danse". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  13. ^ Fayat, Serge (20 November 2003). "Kirsten Flipkens n'a pas tout perdu". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  14. ^ Vande Weyer, Philippe; Thirion, Stéphane; Leonardi, Paolo (18 December 2003). "Sportifs de l'année 2003". Le Soir (in French).
  15. ^ "Roddick, Henin-Hardenne named ITF World Champions" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  16. ^ Belga. "Kirsten Flipkens geveld door rugblessure". Het Belang van Limburg. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Wimbledon: Kirsten Flipkens met Andy Murray in dubbel gemengd". Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). 22 June 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  18. ^ Belga. "Henin enkele weken out met spierscheur". Gazet van Antwerpen. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  19. ^ Winkel, Frank Van de. "Flipkens mist Wimbledon en Fedcup". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Dokic unable to shake off the rust and loses to Flipkens". Reuters. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  21. ^ "L'exploit de Kirsten Flipkens qui attend Clijsters" (in French). 2 September 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  22. ^ "US Open 2009: Venus Williams sets up Kim Clijsters showdown". The Telegraph. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  23. ^ "Flipkens beats Garrigues to advance". ESPN. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  24. ^ "Australian Open 2010: Justine Henin impresses in first round win". The Telegraph. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  25. ^ "HENIN EASES INTO DEN BOSCH FINALE". The Sports Network. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  26. ^ "Polsoperatie voor Flipkens". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Halep beats Flipkens to make Morocco final". 23 April 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  28. ^ "Flipkens éliminée en demi-finales du double à Rosmalen" (in French). 16 June 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  29. ^ "Q AND A With Kirsten Flipkens – By: Matt Cronin". 10sBalls. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  30. ^ Schlink, Leo (19 June 2012). "Samantha Stosur loses in first round to world No.262 Kirtsen Flipkens". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  31. ^ "Geen finale in Rosmalen voor Kirsten Flipkens" (in Dutch). 22 June 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  32. ^ "Flipkens no match for classy Azarenka". ESPN. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  33. ^ Waldstein, David (30 August 2012). "U.S. Open – Clijsters Loses in Doubles". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  34. ^ "Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens wins Bell Challenge". Yahoo! Sports. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  35. ^ "Kirsten Flipkens registers upset". ESPN. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  36. ^ "UPDATE 4-Tennis-Linz Open women's singles round 1 results". Chicago Tribune. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  37. ^ "Azarenka rolls, Flipkens upsets Ivanovic in Linz". USA Today. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  38. ^ "Goerges beats Flipkens to reach Linz final". CSN Washington. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  39. ^ "Kim Clijsters coach de Kirsten Flipkens" (in French). 16 October 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  40. ^ "Un top 20 pour Flipkens "ne serait pas choquant"" (in French). 17 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  41. ^ "Privacy settings". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  42. ^ "Flipkens beats Schiavone in day of upsets". Moorilla Hobart International Tennis. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  43. ^ Smith, Adam (12 January 2013). "Mona Barthel spoils Kirsten Flipkens' party in Hobart semi-final". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  44. ^ "Sharapova powers past Flipkens". ESPN. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  45. ^ "Flipkens in top 20". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  46. ^ "Flipkens among second-round winners in Birmingham". Fox News. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  47. ^ "Top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens out of Aegon Classic". 13 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  48. ^ "Halep beats Flipkens, Mahut wins at Rosmalen". The Fresno Bee. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  49. ^ "Privacy settings". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  50. ^ Liew, Jonathan (2 July 2013). "Wimbledon 2013: Kirsten Flipkens stuns Petra Kvitova to book her first ever semi-final place". Retrieved 14 January 2019 – via
  51. ^ [2]
  52. ^ vermi. "Flipkens neemt extra rust: 'Knie moet 100% zijn'". De Standaard. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  53. ^ "Flipkens moet voort zonder coach". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  54. ^ vml. "Sfeer snuiven op Kim Clijsters Invitational: een lach en een traan". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  55. ^ [3]
  56. ^ [4]
  57. ^ [5]
  58. ^ "Flipkens in zee met Malisse". 2 May 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  59. ^ pdk. "Malisse geen coach meer van Flipkens: 'Het klikte niet'". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  60. ^ "Privacy settings". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  61. ^ "Privacy settings". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  62. ^ [6]
  63. ^ "Privacy settings". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  64. ^ [7]
  65. ^ [8]
  66. ^ "Flipkens valt stil na bliksemstart". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  67. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 July 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  68. ^ "Flipkens niet opgewassen tegen Pavlyuchenkova in Baku". 31 July 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  69. ^ "Tennis: Kirsten Flipkens dominée en finale à Vancouver". Le Soir. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  70. ^ "Privacy settings". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  71. ^ [9]
  72. ^ [10]
  73. ^ [11]
  74. ^ [12]
  75. ^ [13]
  76. ^ "Flipkens gagne 14 places grâce à sa finale à Monterrey". RTBF Sport. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  77. ^ [14]
  78. ^ "Flipkens pakt koffers in Miami". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  79. ^ [15]
  80. ^ [16]
  81. ^ [17]
  82. ^ [18]
  83. ^ "Flipkens battue par Garcia en demi-finales à Majorque". RTBF Sport. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  84. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Madison Keys survives Kirsten Flipkens to advance". 30 June 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  85. ^ "Flipkens élimine Venus Williams et poursuit l'aventure olympique". RTBF Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  86. ^ "Kirsten Flipkens sort Safarova et passe en 1/8". RTBF Sport. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  87. ^ "Flipkens, battue en deux sets, quitte le tournoi aux portes des 1/4 de finale". RTBF Sport. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  88. ^ "Flipkens et Wickmayer au 2ème tour du double dames". RTBF Sport. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  89. ^ "Fin de l'aventure olympique pour la paire Wickmayer-Flipkens". RTBF Sport. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  90. ^ "Halep pounds Flipkens to reach second round". 30 August 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019 – via
  91. ^ "LIVE Mirjana Lucic-Baroni / Maria Sanchez - Kirsten Flipkens / Belinda Bencic - US Open women's doubles - 1 September 2016". Eurosport. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  92. ^ admin (25 September 2016). "Arruabarrena Masters Niculescu In Seoul Final". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  93. ^ [19]
  94. ^ admin (21 November 2016). "Vote Now: 2016 Shot Of The Year". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  95. ^ "Top seed Serena Williams crashes out of ASB Classic to Madison Brengle". 4 January 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  96. ^ Smith, Adam (9 January 2017). "Jaimee Fourlis impresses in WTA debut at Hobart International but falls short against Kirsten Flipkens". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  97. ^ "Niculescu reaches Hobart quarters". 10 January 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  98. ^ Briggs, Simon (17 January 2017). "Australian Open 2017: Johanna Konta beats Kirsten Flipkens to reach second round". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  99. ^ "Vinci reaches next round". 1 February 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  100. ^ "Monica Niculescu lost to Kirsten Flipkens in the first match of the Romania - Belgium confrontation, from the Fed Cup! HERE HEREBY MADE STATISTICS". 11 February 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  101. ^ Milosavljevic, Zoran (11 February 2017). "BELGIUM STUNS ROMANIA TO TAKE CONTROL ON OPENING DAY". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  102. ^ Milosavljevic, Zoran (12 February 2017). "MERTENS POWERS BELGIUM INTO WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS". Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  103. ^ "Goerges Mounts Budapest Comeback, Hungarian Wildcard Stollar Stuns Kovinic". Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  104. ^ Newmedia, R. T. L. "WTA Acapulco - Flipkens sortie en quart par la Française Mladenovic". RTL sport. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  105. ^ "Court Report: Nicole Gibbs, CiCi Bellis ousted at Indian Wells". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  106. ^ admin (10 March 2017). "Muguruza Moves Past Flipkens, Debutante Day Awaits In Indian Wells". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  107. ^ admin (25 March 2017). "Pliskova & Cibulkova Make It Through The Rain In Miami". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  108. ^ Chiesa, Victoria (27 May 2017). "Bertens bags back-to-back titles in Nürnberg". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  109. ^

External linksEdit