Kirsten Flipkens’ great run for the last week and a half came to an end on Thursday afternoon when Daniela Hantuchova defeated her in the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open second round. Hantuchova, ranked at number 5 at the height of her career in 2003, is now ranked at number 38, while Flipkens only joined the professional ranks in 2003 and is ranked at a career high of 58. In the first match on centre court, Hantuchova took the first set 6-4, but allowed the crafty Flipkens to come back and take the second set by the same margin. Hantuchova tightened her game once again and took the decided 6-2 in a match that lasted two and a quarter hours.
It is great to see Andrea Petkovic back on the tour after such a long time out with a back injury and the now 182nd ranked German who she reached a career high of 9 exactly a year ago is showing just what her tennis is made of. She took on Jelena Jankovic, former world number one (in 2008) and now ranked at 22 and battled her way into the third round after taking the first set 7-5 and then steamrollering her opponent to a 6-0 second set.
Top seed and world number 15, Italian Roberta Vinci, met the lucky loser from Britain who was a semi finalist in 2011 Anne Keothavong, ranked at 83, in the first match on Court 1. Vinci took the first set with one break of serve 6-4; and then made short work of the second set, winning it at 6-1 in just over one hour on court.