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Fuzion 100 Southsea Trophy: Flipkens battles past Boulter to lift trophy

  • 29/06/2018

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Kirsten Flipkens had a day to remember as she lifted trophies in both the singles and doubles events at the Fuzion 100 Southsea Trophy. The Belgian second seed battled past Britain's rising star Katie Boulter in the singles final before teaming up with Sweden's Johanna Larsson to triumph in the doubles.

Flipkens needed two hours and nine minutes to find a way past Leicestershire’s Boulter, who put up a spirited challenge and saved a match point at 5-4 in the second set to take the world No.51 to a deciding set. However, the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist raised her level and took her chances in the third set to prevail 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 and win her first singles title since 2012.

“It’s been wonderful. I could not be any happier winning the singles and doubles titles here. It’s a really nice tournament with a really good atmosphere. The people are really nice and I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” said Flipkens. “Katie’s a great player, she has a nice future ahead of her and I think we both played a really good match.”
World No.144 Boulter defeated two Top 100 players on her way to the final and had plenty of positives to take away from the week: “It hurt a lot today but I left everything out there and I couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s been a really good week and a great step in the right direction for me. 
“I played here last year and the weather wasn’t quite as good. This year the weather has been perfect, it’s the right preparation for me before Wimbledon, I couldn’t ask for a better tournament or support around here.” 
Flipkens faced another tough battle in the doubles final, as she and Larsson needed a match tie-break to record victory over Alicja Rosolska and Abigail Spears. Rosolska and Spears saved three match points before the second seeds regrouped sealed a 6-4, 3-6, [11-9].


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