Wickmayer takes second WTA Tour title

In the Generali Ladies final in Linz, Austria Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium won her second career WTA Tour title Sunday, defeating Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4. Yanina Wickmayer is the third Belgian champion in Linz, Austria after Sabine Appelmans in 1994 and 1996 and Justine Henin in 2002.

The third-seeded Wickmayer moved well around the court and forced Petra Kvitova (photo below) into making 29 errors from the baseline.

"It was an unbelievable week for me," said Wickmayer, who also beat Kvitova en route to the U.S. Open semi-finals. "I am so happy I pulled this one through. It was a tough match against Petra, who has done so well here all week."

Wickmayer won five straight games from 3-3 to take the opening set and start the second with a break. Kvitova broke back immediately, but dropped serve again to trail 3-2. The 24th-ranked Belgian wrapped up the victory on the first match point when Kvitova sent a forehand into the net.

Wickmayer had beaten top-seeded Flavia Pennetta in Saturday's semi-finals. Yanina Wickmayer turns 20 on Tuesday. Her first WTA title came in May at Estoril, Portugal. She had already qualified for next month's Tournament of Champions in Bali, Indonesia. In the U.S. Open she made it through to the semi-finals. She was beat by compatriot Kim Clijsters (the 'Comeback Mom'). Clijsters went on to win the U.S. Open.

Wickmayer is the third Belgian to win the Austrian Generali Ladies in Linz. Sabine Appelmans won in 1994 and 1996; Justine Henin won in 2002.