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Yanina Wickmayer

Wickmayer beats Linette in 3 sets to win Japan Open

Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium rallied on Sunday to defeat Magda Linette of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Japan Open.

Wickmayer won seven of 11 break points at Ariake Colosseum en route to claiming her fourth WTA career title.

Linette, who was playing in her first WTA final, got off to a promising start but struggled with her serve in the second set and was unable to recover.

Wickmayer claimed her first victory since winning the ASB Classic in New Zealand in 2010 where she beat Flavia Pennetta in the final.

It was the first meeting between the two players. Linette is 84th in the world rankings, two places higher than Wickmayer.

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