By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
The Belgian bounced back from losing the opening set to inflict a shock defeat on the 2011 Wimbledon winner Kvitova 4-6 6-4 7-5.
With the pair knowing each other’s game inside out from yesterday’s Doubles, it was no surprise to see the first two sets split despite ranked at a lowly no43.
The decisive set saw no4 seed Kvitova soar into a 4-2, 30-0 lead. Then Wickmayer upped her game and stood firmly in a baseline battle.
Kvitova double faulted and then a series of unforced errors gifted a break of serve.The tenacious Belgian took the bull by the horns to thump accurate drives directly at her opponent, which unnerved Kvitova – who produced some extremely short returns – and the sudden confidence crisis resulted in further unforced errors to level matters at 4-4.
The Czech star swiftly restore the lead on her serve for the loss of a single point, only to lose the next three games on the bounce and fall victim to Wickmayer on the second match point.
Left hander Kvitova had been aiming to kick start her season following a disappointing clay court campaign, but her exquisite all round game was only lacking on the big points with Wickmayer’s never-say-die attitude rewarded.