Wickmayer continues rise through ranks, reaches DFS final
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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