Wickmayer’s fightback from jaws of defeat

2013 AEGON International, Maria Kirilenko, News, Yanina Wickmayer

Yanina Wickmayer quarter-finalsYanina Wickmayer scraped through to the semi-finals with a marathon three set 6-2 1-6 7-5 win over Maria Kirilenko on Thursday.

The Court 1 contest, watched by only a sprinkling of fans, saw the out-of-sorts Russian world no10 make have a potential victory snatched from her.

Wickmayer was staring defeat in the face, trailing 5-4 in the final set, but stuck to her guns of power play from the baseline to reel off three games on the bounce and progress.

The Belgian ace surprised Kirilenko with an industrious opening set display, soaring away with a solid lead.

But the blonde Russian bounced back in style, dispatching Wickmayer with a series of flawless drives to square matters.

In the decisive set it was Kirilenko who appeared to be heading into the final four, only to lose her composure and her serve to leave the battling Belgian one game away from victory.

Wickmayer made no mistake on her service game to overturn the odds and collect a narrow win in a topsy turvy contest, with the grass title now a viable reality.

 

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