Wozniak Books her Spot in the Third Round at Roland-Garros
May 28, 2009
World no. 24 too strong for her teenage opponent in Paris
Twice is just as nice and even better for Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, Quebec) at the French Open, the tennis season’s second Grand Slam event currently underway in Paris, France.
The 21-year old Canadian reached the third round at Roland-Garros for the second consecutive year on Thursday after upending Croatian qualifier Petra Martic in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The world no. 24 was aggressive from the outset, hitting deep, penetrating balls off both wings to keep her inexperienced opponent on the defensive. Wozniak found her self down a break at 1-3 in the second set, but just as she did in her opening round contest, she was able to quickly right the ship and reel off the next five games to book her spot in the third round. Wozniak finished the match with 27 winners and saved four of the five break points she faced on her serve.
Wozniak, who is the first Quebecer to ever be seeded at Roland-Garros, will next take to the famed French red dirt courts on Saturday when she will face Spaniard clay court specialist Lourdes Dominguez Lino, ranked no. 87 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings. The two players met for the first time last year, on clay, at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina and it was Dominguez Lino who got the better of her Canadian adversary
Wozniak became the first Quebecer to reach the third round of a Grand Slam since 2002 at last year’s French Open, eventually falling to an in-form Vera Zvonareva, ranked no. 11 in the world at the time.
Nestor cruises in opening doubles match
Meanwhile, Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and his Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic made a strong start in their French Open title bid, defeating the Argentinean pair of Lucas Arnold Ker and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 to advance to round two. The top-seeded duo will next face the Czech team of Leos Friedl and David Skoch. Nestor and Zimonjic regained the world no. 1 ranking after capturing four titles in their last five tournaments on clay, making them the team to beat in Paris.