Tennis is a wonderful game - especially for 27-year-old Flemish player Kirsten Flipkens.
Imagine - ten years ago you won the Juniors tournament at Wimbledon and everyone predicted you a golden future. But lots of injuries and other bad luck kept you from getting anywhere. You had the capicity of becoming a top-ten player, but you could never prove it.
Only last year Kirsten was still number 262 in the WTA ranking. And then, some miracle happened. Kirsten began to win her matches, especially after working with those people who helped Kim Clijsters (who is a good friend of Kirsten). She moved up in the ranks, and made the biggest progress any one player ever made.
The story has not ended yet. Last year she did not even qualitfy for the challenges at Wimbledon, now she is playing the semi final tomorrow! She's beaten players who are much higher up the ranking and now that Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are no longer competing, she even has a chance to play the final! Her opponent is Marion Bartoli, a French player pretty much the same age. The other semi final is between Radwanska and Lisicki.
Everyone in Belgium hopes for a final Lisicki-Flipkens, as the German girl is trained by a Flemish coach, Wim Fisette.