Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 135) has qualified for the main draw of the prestigious WTA tournament in Indian Wells (hardcourt/8,150,470 dollars) on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Kempense defeated the Polish Katarzyna Kawa (WTA 163) in her second (and last) qualifying round in 3 sets (2-6, 6-2, 6-3).
Flipkens joins Elise Mertens (WTA 18) and Kim Clijsters (WTA 1476) on the main table. Mertens, the fourteenth seed, is free in the first round. Clijsters, who is on the main draw thanks to a wildcard, will meet the Czech Katerina Siniakova (WTA 53).
Earlier in the day, Michael Geerts (ATP 295) lost his first qualifying round in the men’s race. There are no Belgian men on the main draw.