US Open: Wickmayer places for third round

Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer (WTA-50) has followed the example of Kim Clijsters and Kirsten Flipkens and moves on to the third round of the Grand Slam Tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York. Wickmayer beat China's Shuai Peng (WTA-44) in three sets of 2-6, 6-1 and 6-4.
Yanina Wickmayer and Shuai Peng were pretty evenly matched, especially in the decisive third set. They both played vigorous and forceful tennis.
In the first set Peng was the better of the two and won quite easily by 2-6. Wickmayer came back strong in the second set and won that set with an impressive 3 break serves for 6-1.

In the decisive set Wickmayer was the stronger one, mentally. With a 4-5 lead she forced three match balls with Peng in service and finally clinched the victory.

In the third found Yanina Wickmayer will play against Sara Errani from Italy who eliminated the 19th seeded Patty Schnyder.

Wickmayer and Errani have never played against each other.
Kim Clijsters plays Kirsten Flipkens this evening after 9:30 pm (Belgian time). All the Belgian men have been eliminated from the tournament.

The Belgians are present in numbers again

With Kim Clijsters, Kirsten Flipkens and Yanina Wickmayer in the third round of the Grand Slam Tournament in Flushing Meadows, it is the first time in three years that three Belgians have made the third round. The last time this happened was in Wimbeldon in 2006.

The last time three Belgians were in the third round of the US open was in 2005 and that time there were actually four Belgians: Xavier Malisse, Olivier Rochus, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. Clijsters won the tournament.