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Yanina Wickmayer

Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer photo of Belgian female tennis player playing during her match at the Australian Open.

Yanina Wickmayer
(Belgium) Biography

Birthdate: 20-October-1989
Birthplace: Lier, Belgium
Height: 6 ft (1.83 m)
Plays: Right-Handed
Turned Pro: 2004

Yanina Wickmayer was born in Lier, Belgium on October 20th 1989 and tennis started playing a more prominent role in her life after her mother Danielle died of cancer when she was 9-years-old.

To try and ease her grief she decided to spend a week in the United States with her father Marc at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy, and it was there she caught the tennis bug.

Father and daughter decided to move to Saddlebrook and she went to school there and practiced as much as she wanted. She returned to Belgium twice a year to visit her grandparents and play junior tournaments and in 2003 she first started playing on the ITF Junior Circuit.

She currently has no coach so she travels with her father who acts as her coach. She rose to prominence in 2009 when she reached the semi final of the US Open.

During what was to be her last tournament that year in Bali she defeated Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round and was supposed to meet Anabel Medina Garrigues in the next round but she was disqualified from the tournament for failing to turn up to a drugs test.

On 1st October 2009 it was announced Wickmayer and fellow Belgian player Xavier Malisse were to defend themselves before the Flemish Anti-Doping Tribunal for failure to properly fill out their whereabouts.

Wickmayer replied in a press release that the failure to follow procedures was due to her not being able to log into the relevant website, not being able to contact the right people when needed and not being in a country where written admonitions arrived by mail.

At the Tribunal on 22nd October the prosecution did not ask for a ban but a "principal restraint" of the facts that they were being accused of and the two players were not expected to have any further problems.

But on the 5th November 2009 the decision of the Tribunal was announced and both players received a one year ban. They appealed against the decision and the ban was lifted on 16th December 2009 but Wickmayer had missed the remaining tournaments of the year.

She did not compete again until she played and won the ASB Classic in Auckland on 4th January 2010 beating Flavia Pennetta in the Final.

Due to her suspension not being lifted until after the deadline for entries for the Australian Open 2010 she had to qualify but easily managed to make the main draw reaching the 4th round where she lost to Justine Henin and her ranking moved up to a career best of Number 15.

Yanina Wickmayer returned to Auckland in 2011 to defend her title and reached the Final but lost to Greta Am. In the Australian Open she lost in the 2nd round to Anastasija Sevastova. She is currently ranked Number 22 in the World.

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