Mon, September 23, 2013

Wozniak, Dubois gone in less than 60 minutes

By QMI Agency


Aleksandra Wozniak (left) and Stephanie Dubois during were eliminated from the London 2012 Summer Olympics in quick fashion July 28, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)


LONDON - Two short sets and it was over ... in less than an hour.

Aleksandra Wozniak and Stephanie Dubois’s first Olympic participation ended in a bitter failure, 6-2 6-0, against a confident duo.

It was mission almost impossible for the two Quebecers, whose lack of doubles experience was exploited by their rivals Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva.

After a mere 15 minutes of playtime, Wozniak and Dubois were already lagging 0-4 behind much greater opponents.

“From the get go, we quickly realized they were used to playing together. They took chances and everything went fine for them. Their volleys were efficient, they knew how to use the whole court and where to launch attacks.”

For one, Shvedova (ranked world 7th in this variant) is a big name in the field, especially on London’s grass. In doubles, she won the 2010 Wimbledon Open alongside American Vania King. And a few weeks ago, in the same place, she won a “golden set” in singles.

She took the six games of the first set without giving a single point, a feat unseen almost 30 years.

Down 0-5, the Canadian players managed to save face by winning one game on a break.

They then used Dubois’ serve to gain another point, rising to 2-5.

This was only temporary though. Shvedova ended the set with an ace.

The remainder of the match was a walk in the park for the Kazakh players, who ended it 24 minutes later.

“We wish we could have played together longer,” said Wozniak. “But they were really strong in all aspects. And we had to adapt to balls smaller than what we usually use in Wimbledon. They bounce higher and faster.”

Dubois could not hide her disappointment after this quick end to her Olympic journey.

“It’s sad, our first set was starting to get better, but we couldn’t shake them after that,” Dubois told us.

Despite her quick elimination, she does not plan on going back to Montreal earlier than planned, on Thursday.

Wozniak is playing her first singles match today, against New-Zealander Marina Erakovic.

In other action Saturday, Swiss star Roger Federer got off to a winning start but it took three sets for him to dispatch Alejandro Falla of Colombia.

In women’s singles, American Serena Williams swept Jelena Jankovic of Serbiam while Kim Clijsters of Belgium beat Roberta Vinci of Italy in straight sets as well.