Flipkens defeats Lisicki in first round of Luxembourg Open

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Kirsten Flipkens has continued her good run which started last week in Linz where she reached the semi finals, as on Tuesday in Luxembourg she took out the German umber 8 seed Sabine Lisicki, now ranked at 24 (down from a career high of 12 in May this year). The Belgian wild card, ranked at 58, is currently enjoying her highest ranking. Lisicki has had a run of injuries and first and second round losses of late and this trend continued at the BGL BNP Parabas Luxembourg Open on Tuesday, as Flipken’s all court – very different from the all power game played by most players today – bamboozled her. She took the first set 6-3, but fell away badly in the second set, which the Belgian took 6-3 and then went on to drub her in the third set, winning it 6-1 in a match which lasted an hour and fifty minutes. Although Lisicki served nine aces, she also served eight double faults, while Flipkens made good on a much higher percentage of the break points offered to her and had better stats on her service points.

Flipkens will next meet the winner of the match between Aranxa Rus of The Netherlands and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

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