Yanina Wickmayer wins at Auckland

Updated: January 4, 2011, 3:26 AM ET
Associated Press

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Defending champion Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium beat former top-ranked Dinara Safina of Russia 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1 in a hard-fought first round match Tuesday at the ASB Tennis Classic.

The 23rd-ranked Wickmayer said she was "sad" to have beaten Safina, who is attempting to reclaim her ranking which slipped to 63 as she battled a back injury through 2010. She said Safina "deserves to come back and get back her top ranking."

Wickmayer claimed the first set ...

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