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Venus down

Flemish tennis player Kirsten Flipkens couldn’t quite believe her first-round victory against four-time gold medallist Venus Villiams at the Rio Olympics. The 30-year-old Flipkens, ranked 62nd in the world, rallied from one set down to win the game 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.

Other highlights of the Olympic's opening weekend included Belgium's first gold medal since 2008.

Photo: Benoit Doppagne/BELGA

Flemish tennis

Winning four Grand Slams and two US Opens, Kim Clijsters single-handedly put Flemish tennis on the map in the late 2000s, and paved the way for the next generation of talented younger players like Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens.
Women on top - Before Clijsters arrived on the scene, Sabine Appelmans had long been Flanders’ most famous tennis player. She made it to number 17 on the WTA ranking.
Telly - Clijsters’ successes and massive popularity led the Flemish broadcaster VRT to sign a five-year contract to broadcast the Wimbledon tournament.
Boost - During Clijsters’ years at the top, the number of tennis players in Flanders increased by 40%.
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Clijsters wins her first Grand Slam


Grand Slam tournaments played by Clijsters


weeks Clijsters ranked number 1