Unlucky numbers, a wrong T-shirt: nothing stops the Belgians

It was an excellent day for the Belgians at Wimbledon. The 3 Belgians playing today all qualified, bringing the number of Belgians in the third round to 4 after Kim Clijsters yesterday. David Goffin continued his fine run by beating an American opponent. Xavier Malisse beat a French top player, while Yanina Wickmayer squeezed past a Kazach player.
David Goffin stunned his opponents at the French Open 3 weeks ago. He is ready for a new surprise at Wimbledon.

13 was not an unlucky number for Xavier Malisse, who moved past the French 13th seed Gilles Simon: 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5). In-form Malisse, a former semi-finalist in London, has yet to lose a set at this year's edition. The West-Fleming, who always feels at ease on grass, next bumps into Spain's Fernando Verdasco, the 17th seed.

David Goffin doing well in first Wimbledon

David Goffin overcame American opposition, defeating qualifier Jesse Levine 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Goffin took a slow start, but found the right rhythm halfway the second set. The Belgian made fewer unforced errors and served well.

He was not to be stopped, despite receiving a warning for his clothing - Goffin was asked by the referee to put his shirt back in his shorts, as the bottom of his T-shirt was revealing blue stripes. Because of this, Goffin was found violating the "predominantly white" dress code at Wimbledon. 21-year-old Goffin is making his first appearance in the main draw. He next meets the winner of the clash between Britain's James Ward and America's Mardy Fish.

Yanina Wickmayer in money time

Yanina Wickmayer made the Belgian success complete. The Antwerp athlete squeezed past Galina Voskoboyeva in three sets: 4-6, 6-3, 8-6. The hard-serving Kazach player was under pressure when she had to serve at 6-7 down in the final set. Wickmayer had two break points and qualified when Voskoboyeva hit a forehand wide after 2 hours and 27 minutes of play. 22-year-old Wickmayer next meets Tamira Paszek of Austria, just like Wickmayer a top-40 player.

Wickmayer brought the Belgian tally in the third round to four, after Kim Clijsters advanced yesterday. The only Belgian to falter was Ruben Bemelmans.