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Kirsten Flipkens fights back in the second set, but is no match against olympic champion at Roland Garros

ef5a95e7d92b3f66ac62bce97788b97c - Kirsten Flipkens fights back in the second set, but is no match against olympic champion at Roland Garros

Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 64) is Tuesday eliminated in the first round of Roland Garros. The 33-year-old Campine lost on the French clay in two sets of the 25-year-old puerto rican Monica Puig (WTA 59). After 1 hour and 28 minutes was the 6-1, 7-5 final score on the scoreboard from court 6.

Flipkens led in the mutual duels with 3-1 but had the last meeting with the olympic champion of Rio lost last year on a hard court in the Chinese Wuhan.

Puig took Tuesday an excellent start and was 4-0. Flipkens fought back and picked up the first game but could not prevent Puig in the first set with 6-1 in the pocket stuck. In the second set repeated the scenario, initially. Flipkens quickly looked at a 0-3 deficit. Again, she showed her teeth and stronger back in the set. But at 5-6 and 0/40 redeemed Puig immediately her first matchbal on the service of Flipkens.

Flipkens was for the eleventh time on the master table to the Porte d’auteuil but hit never been past the second round. Monica Puig takes it in her next match against the Russian Daria Kasatkina (WTA 21). That wipte the Italian qualifier Jasmine Paolini (WTA 210) 6-2, 6-3.

After the loss of Flipkens and Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 54), Elise Mertens (WTA 20) is the only Belgian woman in the second round. The Limburg plays against the sixteen-year-old French wildcard Diane Parry (STA 457).