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Wickmayer continues rise through ranks, reaches DFS final

Updated: June 14, 2008, 1:09 PM ET
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Yanina Wickmayer reached her first WTA Tour final, defeating Bethanie Mattek 7-5, 7-6 (2) Saturday at the DFS Classic, a Wimbledon warmup.

The 18-year-old Belgian used a strong serve to overcome the 81st-ranked American. She will play 12th-seeded Katerina Bondarenko, who also reached her first WTA final by beating Marina Ekatovic of New Zealand 6-3, 6-2.

Wickmayer's win continued the momentum that has helped her climb more than 400 places in a year.

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