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Tennis: Bartoli storms into second Wimbledon final

Marion Bartoli stormed into her second Wimbledon final as the French 15th seed crushed Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday. Bartoli was beaten by Venus Williams in her only previous Grand Slam final appearance at Wimbledon in 2007, but she finally has another chance to win a first major title after demolishing Flipkens in just 62 minutes on Centre Court. The 28-year-old plays either Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, last year's runner-up, or German 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki in Saturday's final.

Flipkens defies doctor's orders to light up Wimbledon

By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) - It is just as well Kirsten Flipkens is not one to follow doctors' orders. If she had, her career would have been long over - not once but twice. The bespectacled Belgian proved that it was the doctors, and not she, who were short-sighted as she defied the odds to reach her first grand slam semi-final on Tuesday with a stunning win over 2011 champion Petra Kvitova.

Flipper Flipkens enjoys second lease of life

By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) - Kirsten Flipkens, a Belgian outsider whose tennis career almost flatlined a year ago after four blood clots were found in her calf, enjoyed a second lease of life as she stormed into her first Wimbledon semi-final on Tuesday. The bespectacled Belgian threw her name into the hat of Wimbledon's giant-slayers by beating 2011 champion Petra Kvitova 4-6 6-3 6-4 on a floodlit Center Court.

Tennis: Underdog Flipkens reaches Wimbledon semi-finals

Kirsten Flipkens reached her first Wimbledon semi-final as the Belgian 20th seed clinched a surprise 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over former champion Petra Kvitova on Tuesday. The 27-year-old, a close friend of fellow Belgian and former Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters, wore down the more powerful Kvitova in two hours and five minutes of attritional tennis under the Centre Court roof.

Tennis-Flipkens flying high after life-threatening blood clots

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Few people enjoy the long flight from Europe to Australia but for one player in Melbourne, it is even worse than most. Nine months ago, Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens stepped off a flight from Thailand and felt like her calves "were about to explode". Used to pain as a professional athlete, Flipkens shrugged it off and played another tournament that week, but eventually consulted a doctor, to be told she had blood clots in both legs.
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