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A year ago she was ranked to as low as 262 and she had to deal with life-threatening blood clots in both of her legs, but today, a rejuvenated Kirsten Flipkens found herself reaching her first career Grand Slam semifinal at the Wimbledon 2013 Championships.
“It’s amazing, it’s more than a dream come true to be in the semifinals of a Grand Slam, it’s ridiculous,” the 20th-ranked Belgian said. “Last year I did not even get into the qualifying at Wimbledon. I was 260th in the world and today I am in the semifinals of Wimbledon. It cannot be better. I still cannot believe it. I am so happy I cannot imagine myself waking up.”
Flipkens battled past 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
“I never expected this to happen in my life,” she said. “Being in the semifinals of a Grand Slam, of the biggest tournament throughout the year, it has no words.”
Up next for Flipkens is Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli which she will be facing for the first time.
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