Wickmayer moves into last four
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:47
World number 50 Wickmayer defeated Kateryna Bondarenko, ranked two places below her, 7-5 6-4 after coming from 4-1 down in the second set to win her first grand slam quarter-final.
Wild card Clijsters will next play defending champion and second seed Serena Williams – the only player from the top eight left in the women’s draw – while Wickmayer awaits the winner of Wednesday’s quarter-final between 17-year-old Melanie Oudin of the United States and ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
It both women’s first appearance in the last eight of a major but Wickmayer adjusted more quickly, breaking the deadlock in a tight first set to go 4-2 up on the way to a one-set lead.
The second set was more of a see-saw affair as the women traded breaks of serve at the start and Bondarenko then broke as Wickmayer sent a drop shot from the baseline into the net, taking a 3-1 lead.
The Belgian seemed to be letting the tension get the better of her, at one point smashing her racquet to the floor and later firing a ball down to the other end of the court in frustration.
Her mood will have darkened even further when Bondarenko saved a break point in the next game and then held serve as a Wickmayer backhand found the net.
Bondarenko, watched in the stands by sister Alona Bondarenko, the ousted number 30 seed, continued to dominate the second set as she earned a break point of her own in the fifth. Wickmayer saved it but still screamed at herself as she went on to hold serve and the tide began to turn in her favour.
The 19-year-old broke back and at 4-3 down Wickmayer was back on serve and she saved more break points before levelling.
It got even better for her as she broke Bondarenko again to serve for the match.