Sunday, January 20, 2013

Australian Open Day 7: Flipkens

Curtain Call

Player: Kirsten Flipkens
Age: 27
Nation: Belgium
Current Ranking: 43
Notable Conquest: Klara Zakopalova (23rd seed, Czech Republic)
Today's Result: lost to Maria Sharapova (2nd, Russia) in straight sets
Photo via TennisEarth

Flipkens definitely has one of the best names in tennis.  This was her first time reaching the fourth round of a Major.  She has never quite matched her success on the junior circuit.  She was the girls champion at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2003.

Just watched the end of the Djokovic-Wawrinka tilt - wow!  Best match I've seen in a long time.  The exchange between commentators Chris Fowler and Darren Cahill at the end:

Fowler (referring the Wawrinka): Tough loss for him.
Cahill: I don't think he lost anything tonight.

Yeah buddy, easy for you to say!

Catching Up with Old Friends

Irina-Camelia Begu (Curtain Call, US Open Day 4) - Begu had a strong tournament in both singles and doubles.  She reached the Aussie second round in singles for the first time, losing to Agnieszka Radwanska (4th, Poland) in straight sets.  She teamed with countrywoman Monica Niculescu as the 13th seed in the doubles draw.  They didn't match last year's quarterfinal run but they did live up to their seed, losing in the third round to Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (4th, Russia).

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