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She has been blighted by injuries, yet after returning in Junethe 5ft 5in right-hander qualified for the US Open, made round four at the Australian Open and was runner-up at a recent grass-court event in the Netherlands. Flipkens dumps Kvitova out Flipkens dumps Kvitova out Kirsten Flipkens punched the air with delight after causing a major shock by knocking out former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to reach her first grand slam semi-final.

Kvitova had been the last grand slam champion left in the women's draw but she joined the likes of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Li Na on the All England Club scrapheap after being suffocated under Centre Court's closed roof.

But bespectacled Flipkens, 27, who wears glasses because she is short-sighted, did it against the backdrop of an experience that not only placed her career in jeopardy but also her very existence.

It's 10 years since I won the junior title, which makes it even more special, and it was my mum's birthday on Tuesday so I gave her the nicest present I could.

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Flipkens, who won 13 of 15 points played on her first serve in the second set, slid an ace down the middle to level the match. I don't know where it's going to end, I'm just enjoying every moment.

And Flipkens can continue to dream Frustrating afternoon: Combining all-court aggression with plenty of daring on pivotal points, the year-old stung an ace off the sideline to seal an inspired, win over former champion Petra Kvitova and reach her first career Grand Slam semifinal.

After each win Flipkens has laid down to kiss the turf and she remains in contention to become the first bespectacled women's champion at Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova in Flipkens performs one of her magic tricks in front of the BBC Sport cameras "If I had stepped on the plane then nine times out of 10 I would have come out blue, so I was really lucky at that time.

She broke thanks to a backhand error for and consolidated before Kvitova, who suffers from asthma, took a medical time-out. The former world No 1 admitted some 15 minutes later, via Twitter, that she had only just finished wiping away the tears.

The second set featured nine service breaks but it was Bartoli, who lost to Venus Williams in the final, who secured the crucial one to come through