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Wickmayer plays down chances in final

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:59

Wickmayer, a wild card into the event, beat Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-4 7-5 and will now play experienced top seed Pennetta, a player she has the utmost respect for.

“She’s been playing well here and has beaten everyone quite easily. She is older than me and she has a lot more experience than me,” said Wickmayer. “This is a final, and she has played more finals than me. It is always different playing in a final, and I think the more experienced players are always a little bit ahead when they are playing finals.”

Pennetta thrashed Italian compatriot Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-0 in just 56 minutes.

“I was very nervous in the beginning because we know each other so well and it is not easy to play one of your best friends,” said Pennetta.

“She also was very nervous and didn’t play so well.

“I am very happy. In the end, I was playing better and better and made no mistakes.”

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