French Open: Flipkens out, but Wickmayer battles on


Flemish tennis player Yanina Wickmayer moves on to a challenging match in the French Open today, while her compatriot was stopped in the first round

Second round for Wickmayer

Flemish tennis player Kirsten Flipkens was knocked out of the French Open in Paris yesterday in a first-round defeat to France’s Alizé Cornet. Her fellow player Yanina Wickmayer, however, plays her second-round match against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova today.

Flipkens, ranked 61 by the WTA, was resoundingly beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Cornet, ranked 50, in a match that lasted just 53 minutes. In none of her six appearances at Roland Garros has the 30-year-old from Geel reached the second round.

“A defeat like that can hurt a bit,” she said afterwards. “I wasn’t at 100%. I didn’t have much confidence before the match. It wasn’t a great performance, but in a Grand Slam you never know what might happen.”

Meanwhile, former Flemish tennis pro Kim Clijsters watched as Wickmayer (WTA 54) won her first round match over Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru (WTA 127) 6-1, 6-3 on Monday. It sets Wickmayer up with a tougher proposition today: Makarova is ranked 29th in the world and reached the quarter finals in Paris last year.

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