Yanina lost her first round match in Miami against Lucie Safarova (WTA 36). With 76 64, Yanina managed to take Safarova's serve twice, but lost the tie break. The second set ended when Safarova scored the second match point.
After Yanina and Kirsten paved the way perfectly, Elise finished the job: our Belgian tennis girls beat Romania in the Fed Cup. With the 3-1 end result they also lifted themselves into a World Group play-off clash, playing for the promotion to World Group I (top eight) in April. This is a big success for the team and coach Monami, in a tournament in which they started out as underdogs. Yanina played an epic match (7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 7-5), in which she once again showed her grandiose fighter spirit. A big congratulations to the whole team!
After losing the opening set in the heat of Show Court 3 in Melbourne, Czech Lucie Safarova (WTA 61) looked in all sorts of trouble down 0-40 on her serve at 5-6 in the second. Yanina had nine match points to finish the game, but Safarova somehow regained the balance, thus sealing an unlikely victory. End score: 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1.