WTA Top 20 ranked player Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium’s ever present Fed Cup representative – since her 2007 debut in the competition – was presented with her Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award at this month’s $100,000+H ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Torhout, Belgium.
The 20-year old Belgian edged out fellow nominees Daniela Hantuchova, Samantha Stosur and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to win the award following a public vote on www.fedcup.com and www.fedcup.com/es, due, in part, to her performances in April’s World Group Play-off round where she helped inspire her nation, to a 3-2 home victory over Estonia.
This triumph, which saw Wickmayer win both her singles rubbers including the decisive final singles rubber, will see Belgium back in the World Group for the first time since 2007.
Begium's Fed Cup Captain, Sabine Appelmans and Luc Vandaele (a member of the Fed Cup committee) assisted with the presentation of the award, a silver Baccarat bracelet plus a cheque for $3,000 to be donated to a charity of her choice, which took place during the ITF Pro Circuit $100,000+H tournament in Torhout, a tournament that Wickmayer has competed in each year since the inaugural tournament held in 2007 where she finished as runner-up in the singles event.
The last two years has seen her claim the doubles title with two different partners; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 2008 and Michaella Krajicek in 2009. This year, however, saw her claim the singles title with a straight sets victory over Simona Halep but fail to successfully defend her doubles title as she and Krajicek lost out in the final.
The Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Heart Award is a joint ITF and BNP Paribas initiative and was first presented in 2009.
It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the team during Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.