January 16, 2012
Three Canadians win in first round
By QMI Agency
Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak easily moved into the second round of the Australian Open Tuesday.
The 24-year-old from Blainville, Que, needed just 81 minutes to get past Shuai Zhang of China 6-3, 6-3 in her first-round match at Melbourne Park, the first time in four attempts that Wozniak has made it out of the opening round at the Aussie Open. Wozniak was a first-round loser in 2007, '09 and '10.
Wozniak will face 27th seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the second round. Kirilenko beat Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-4, 6-2.
Against Zhang, Wozniak struggled on her first serve, finishing at just 56%, but took advantage of 30 unforced errors by her 127th ranked opponent. Both finished with three aces.
Canadian wunderkind Milos Raonic, seeded 23rd in the season's first Grand Slam, defeated Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in his 2012 Aussie Open debut. The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., made it to the fourth round before being ousted last year.
Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., earned a three-set victory over Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 while Vancouver's Rebecca Marino lost 6-4, 6-2 to Hungary's Greta Arn in her first-round match.