BESPECTACLED Kirsten Flipkens revealed reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals was “more than a dream come true” after she sent 2011 champion Petra Kvitova crashing out yesterday.
Flipkens, who is short sighted and wears glasses on court, failed to qualify for last year’s tournament after two months off tour injured saw her tumble to 262nd in the world rankings.
However, the Belgian reached her first career grand slam semi-final after triumphing 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 against virus-stricken Kvitova, surpassing even her own expectations.
“I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs throughout my career, so many injuries,” said the 27-year-old. “I’m just the kind of person that doesn’t like to break and I keep on fighting back every time. It’s more than a dream come true.”
It means Wimbledon will have a first-time champion, and Flipkens will now play Marion Bartoli in tomorrow’s semi-final, after the No15 seed beat American Sloane Stephens in straight sets. But should Bartoli progress to the final, it could mean cancelling a date with James Bond.
“We have an appointment with Pierce [Brosnan] in the final,” she said. “We met on a flight from Heathrow to L.A. He really helped me take some pressure off.”
Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, who knocked out champion Serena Williams on Monday, picked off Laura Robson’s conqueror Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 and faces 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals, after the No4 seed beat China’s Li Na.