Kirsten Flipkens produced a fantastic performance to take out fourth seed Lesia Tsurenko at the Libema Open in tightly contested sets 7-6(8), 7-5. A runner up last year, Flipkens came from a break down in both sets to extend her head-to-head lead to 4-1 against Tsurenko to make it to the last 8 in just under 2 hours.
"It was a little bit of a rollercoaster," said Flipkens afterwards. "I did what I had to do tactically, I was able to play my game and come the net. I was trying to play point by point and that helped me in the first set and again in the second - I knew everything was close, even though the serve on grass is important.
Every game in the second set was close, and I had the feeling I could break her - so I was not really down, I knew I would get my chance." A potential match against either No.9 seed Alison Van Uytvanck or qualifier Elena Rybakina, Flipkens had this to say about both of them.
"It will be funny because we know each other so well," laughed Flipkens. "If we play, I just hope we have a good match and the best one will win - it's obviously good for Belgian tennis too, if one of us two is going to be in the semis."
Speaking about Rybakina, she said, "I don't know her at all," she admitted. "I've heard a lot of positive things about her - young player, hitting the ball really well, really a hard hitter - so I have to be ready to play my game if she allows me to."