Flipkens through, others out

Of the four other Belgians in action of Monday only Kirten Flipkens was able to repeat Steve Darcis’ success in the first round of the Wimbledon lawn tennis championships. Kirsten Flipkens made it through to the second round by beating Joelia Poetintseva in two sets 7-5, 6-4 after exactly one hour of play.

The other Belgian lady competing on Monday Yanina Wickmeyer lost her match in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Apart from Steve Darcis’ superb win against Rafael Nadal (see other article), the Belgian men had little to cheer about. Xavier Malisse was beaten in four sets 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 by the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

David Goffin also fell at the first hurdle, losing in three sets 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-3 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.