Wickmayer makes winning return to WTA Tour

Auckland: Belgium`s Yanina Wickmayer has made a winning return to the WTA Tour after her ban for anti-doping violations was lifted, beating Germany`s Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 at the ASB Classic.

Wickmayer, ranked 16th, was banned for one year in November, along with compatriot Xavier Malisse, for failing on three occasions to report her whereabouts to drug testers under World Anti-Doping Agency regulations.

A Belgian civil court lifted the bans on Wickmayer and Malisse on Dec. 16 pending appeals against their suspensions.

Wickmayer, who won her first-round match Monday, entered the Auckland tournament on a wild card and is the No. 3 seed.

Bureau Report