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Belgian players given green light to play

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2009 | 1:15 PM

U.S. Open semifinalist, Yanina Wickmayer earned a major off-court victory today when officials lifted her one-year ban for violating anti-doping rules.

The 20-year-old Belgian was banned in November for breaking World Anti-Doping Agency regulations by failing to report her whereabouts for drug testing three times.

Another Belgian, 2002 Wimbledon semifinalist, Xavier Malisse, was banned at the same time and also had his suspension lifted today.

Neither player failed a doping test. Wickmayer also claims she was not properly informed of the online reporting requirements for drug testing that led to her ban.

On Monday, the pair won an injunction in Belgium against the bans, which were imposed by a Belgian court on November 5. Since the injunction suspended the decision of the Belgian national anti-doping agency, the International Tennis Federation said it was forced to lift the ban.