By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
The Belgian, who slipped out of the world’s top 50, continued her impressive record of never dropping a set to McHale in only their third encounter on the WTA Tour.
Wickmayer moved down to the ranking to no51 following her 2nd Round exit to Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on grass in Birmingham.
The reward for Wickmayer will be to face the winner of the tie between Czech ex-Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and the Romanian Monica Niculescu.
And former ATP professional Stefan Wauters has taken over from Slovak Vladimir Platenik as Wickmayer’s coach – the 12th in the role in the past decade for the Belgium.
She explained: “Stefan will bring me a lot with his experience as a player, this is a great feeling as Stefan and I are clearly on the same wavelength.”