Latest 31 Dec 2012

Super fit Wickmayer ready for 2013

Super fit Wickmayer ready for 2013

The 23-year-old Belgian strode into Saturday night’s players’ party with killer pink stilettos looking like she was ready to party, while earlier in the day she laughed and smiled her way through a series of interviews at the Meet the Seeds media event.

But don’t be fooled that Wickmayer doesn’t want to hold the ASB Classic trophy aloft again next Saturday and won’t be putting on her game face in today’s first round clash with Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

Wickmayer, ranked at 23 in the world and the third seed at the ASB Classic, is very wary that her Slovakian opponent has beaten a lot of good players recently.

“She’s a tricky player. She’s very talented and has a good serve. She can do pretty much everything with the ball so it’s going to be a tough match for me and I’ll need to be ready for every shot.”

And Wickmayer certainly feels she is ready after two weeks completely away from tennis and a good seven week off season.

“I had a very long off season which I really needed. I needed to work on things and physically get myself ready. Seven weeks of hard practice is the longest I’ve had before the season. I don’t think I have been as a fit as I am today. I’m pretty relaxed because I couldn’t do more and I’m ready.”

She might be relaxed but fans are sure to see plenty of passion on court today as she chases her second Auckland title.

“I prefer to show energy and be positive than being down and lazy. I think it’s nice to see players show their personalities on court.”

A relaxed but passionate approach sounds the ideal recipe for a successful run this week for the former champion.