Mon, September 23, 2013

Wozniak likes being single at Olympics

By QMI Agency


Aleksandra Wozniak hits a return during the first round of the women’s tennis doubles at the Wimbledon All-England Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 28, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)


LONDON - Aleksandra Wozniak plainly showed yesterday that singles tennis is more to her liking.

Two days after a painful defeat in doubles, alongside Stephanie Dubois, she easily beat Marina Erakovic in two sets, 6-2 and 6-1.

Strong from the get to, Wozniak, ranked 54th, never gave her opponent (46th) a chance, despite her lower WTA ranking.

“In singles, you can control the court, you are responsible for your own strategy”, admitted the Blainville player. “My game plan was to prevent her from frequently coming to the net to attack, as she did the last time I saw her play in Wimbledon.”

“I expected her to show fighting spirit, but I guess the quality of my game prevented her to do so.”

Playing solidly, Wozniak quickly took the lead 3-0 in the first set.

Shaken, the Neo-Zealander could never come back into the fight, although she managed to cut the gap in half, 2-4, with a perfect 6th game.

In the second set, history repeated itself as Wozniak gained a 5-0 advantage before her opponent could score.

During the merely 63-minute-long face-off, the Quebecer broke Erakovic’s serve four times, scored 23 winners and won 81 % of rallies on her first serve ball..

“I hit heavy and deep, as I wanted,” Wozniak explained.

And now Venus!

Wozniak says she must stay focused and limit the number of errors on the British grass.

“The game is faster than on a hard surface or on clay,” she says. “You have to think ahead.”

She will indeed need focus tomorrow, during her second round against a heavyweight: Venus Williams.

Notwithstanding her early elimination in Wimbledon, a few weeks ago, the American player is a force to be reckoned with.

Indeed, she beat Italian player Sara Errani (ranked 9th) in two sets, 6-3 and 6-1.

In singles, the elder Williams sister has been crowned five times in Wimbledon’s prestigious tournament.

“She hits really hard,” said Wozniak, whose last duel with Williams ended in a loss, last February in Miami.

“If I manage to keep this mindset, I know I can stand up to her. When I entered the court today [yesterday], I wasn’t nervous. I hope it will be the same against Venus,” she concluded.

In men's doubles Canada's Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil defeated the Romanian team of Horia Tecau and Adrian Ungur 6-3, 7-6.