KIRSTEN FLIPKENS

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

01/10/1986

Residence:

Mol, Belgium

Height:

5'5'' / 166 cm

Weight:

121 lbs / 55 kg

Turned Pro:

2003

Last Update:

August 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

1642

Shots' Ranking 2020

Return

72

Forehand

92

Backhand

134

Kirsten Flipkens' Strengths

Serve

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 30% more Aces/Service Winners than her Rivals on Average
    * First Serve Percentage (58%)
    * First & Second Serve Won Points in the Average (65%/44%)
    * First & Second Serve Won Points in the Average (65%/44%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (27%)

Return

3 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Same Ratio of Points/Errors with the Return as her Rivals on Average
    * Same Ratio of Points/Errors with the Return as her Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Return
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (58%)

Forehand

4 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 20% more Points with the Forehand than her Rivals on Average
    * 10% more Errors with the Forehand than her Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Inside Out
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In
    * Forehand Effectiveness in the Medium Rallies (between 5 & 8 shots)
    * First Forehand after the Serve & the Return
    * Forehand Attacks on a short ball
    * Forehand Drop Shot (53% of the points won)
    * Forehand Touch on a short ball
    * Forehand Pass

Backhand

1 Star

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Wins 57% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * 2.5 times fewer Points for the Same Ratio of Errors with the Backhand than her Rivals on Average
    * Backhand Drop Shot (65% of the points won)
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Backhand Effectiveness in any kind of Rallies (short, medium & long)
    * Backhand Pass

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2 times more Points with the Volley than her Rivals on Average
    * Percentage of Points Won at the Net (69%)
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (27%)
    * Serve & Volley (6% of her total points won), * Chip & Charge (2% of her total points won)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach (8% of her total points won), Baseline Approach (11% of her total points won)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio (70%)

Weaknesses:

    * None

Kirsten Flipkens' Game Style

Server

High

Kirsten Flipkens can also count on an effective Serve. When compared with her rivals she makes on average 30% more aces/service winners than them. Her ratio of first serve unreturned is also above average (27%).

Puncher

Medium

Kirsten Flipkens is more an Offensive/Puncher than a Puncher. It means that she is really effective when she uses the forehand approach. On the forehand side she is also excellent with the drop shot, the touch and the pass.

Tempo Player

Medium-low

Kirsten Flipkens cannot be regarded as a Tempo player. She is effective when she takes the forehand on the rise but her backhand results are far below average. Tempo players hit strong on both side and possess effective backhands.

Offensive Player

Very high

Kirsten Flipkens is one of the most (if not the most) Offensive player on the WTA tour. 27% of her total points are won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this result is far above the general average. She varies well all kind of net approach: serve & volley, 1-2 punch, baseline approach & chip & charge.

Retriever

Medium-low

Even though Kirsten Flipkens is more an Offensive player than a Retriever, she can put the balls back in play, especially on the backhand side where she uses the slice a lot.

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