Yanina Wickmayer is back: tennis star qualifies for main draw at Wimbledon


Barely four months after her comeback, tennis mom Yanina Wickmayer is on the main draw of Wimbledon. The 32-year-old Belgian battled through the last of three preliminary rounds to her first grand slam tournament since the US Open 2020 on Thursday.

Maarten Delvaux

Yanina Wickmayer took a break in October 2020 because of her pregnancy. A year and a half later – she has now become a mother of a daughter Luana Daniëlla – the former number 12 in the world returned to the tennis court at the beginning of February of this year. That comeback was short-lived, because Wickmayer contracted a corona infection. She skipped the clay-court season and picked up again in May with varying degrees of success.

Wickmayer immediately came under steam in the Wimbledon qualifiers. In the first two qualifying rounds, our compatriot settled in two sets with the much higher placed opponents and the last hurdle was also taken with conviction on Thursday. Wickmayer (WTA 604) took the measure of South Korean Su Jeong Jang (WTA 158) in straight sets: 6-1 and 6-4. For Wickmayer it will be the thirteenth participation in the grass grand slam. She was there continuously from 2008 to 2019 before her maternity leave. In 2011, she made it to the 1/8th finals.

Elise Mertens (WTA 30), Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 46), Maryna Zanevska (WTA 68) and Greet Minnen (WTA 89) were already sure of their place in the main draw, just like the departing Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 257), who uses a protected ranking.

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