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Wickmayer qualifies for Aussie Open

Updated: January 16, 2010, 1:57 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Yanina Wickmayer was toiling on Court 7 in the midday sun on Saturday, easily winning her third qualifying match to earn a spot in the main draw two days ahead of the Australian Open.

In a perfect world, the U.S. Open semifinalist, winner of last week's Auckland tournament and 16th-ranked player on the WTA Tour shouldn't have been laboring so hard at Melbourne Park.

But there's been precious little perfect the past few months for the 20-year-old Belgian.

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