Wickmayer clinches Tokyo title

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Yanina Wickmayer clinched her fourth WTA Tour title with a hard-fought three-set win over Magda Linette in the Japan Women's Open final.

The Belgian claimed a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over 23-year-old Pole Linette for her fourth title and first since January 2010.

The loss was Linette's first in a WTA final, having won her only previous decider – last year's Ningbo International Women's Tennis Open.

Wickmayer made a slow start at the International-level event in Tokyo, but she composed herself to win in two hours, 10 minutes.

There were five breaks of serve in the 10 games in the opening set, one that was locked at 4-4 before Linette broke for a third time.

Linette went 2-0 up in the second before Wickmayer reeled off five straight games, setting herself up to level the match.

Wickmayer was made to wait for the decider as Linette took a long break off-court.

But there was no rattling the 25-year-old, who broke for 1-0 and then 4-1 in the third set.

Wickmayer showed some nerves when serving for it at 5-2 as she was broken, but Linette fell into a 0-40 hole in the ninth game before sending a backhand into the net to give Wickmayer victory.