When Kirsten Flipkens decided to call time after nearly two decades on tour, there was no other place but Wimbledon where the Belgian could bid farewell.
“Let's enjoy the last couple of weeks to the fullest, and slice & dice just a few more times..” she wrote to conclude her Instagram announcement.
Indeed, Flipkens had, of late, been known for her eye-catching trick shots, but it was nine years ago that she showed all her mettle through six start-to-finish matches at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships to reach her first and only Grand Slam singles semifinal.
“It's a dream—more than a dream—coming true,” she said after outlasting former champion Petra Kvitova in three physical sets. “There's no words.”
And yet, there was plenty to say about how Flipkens reached her personal pinnacle. A year prior, her career had reached its nadir—falling to No. 262 after undergoing surgery on her wrist. But Flipkens was used to adversity.