Israel’s rising tennis star Julia Glushko pulled off the best result of her career Thursday, beating Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, ranked 22nd in the world, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the French Open women’s singles second round.
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With the match looking doomed after Flipkens fought back from 1-3 down to lead 4-3 and 40-0 in the final set, Glushko staged a gritty comeback to break the Belgian’s serve and eventually win the match.
Ukrainian-born Glushko, 24, who grew up in Israel with parents who are tennis coaches, is at the highest world ranking of her career: 98.
She will meet 11th-ranked Sara Errani of Italy in the third round.