MONTREAL — Aleksandra Wozniak might not have raised many eyebrows had she opted to skip her hometown Rogers Cup tennis tournament to rest a nagging wrist injury.
But the 22-year-old Montrealer, who is Canada's top-ranked women's singles player, said she couldn't miss a chance to play before friends and family at Uniprix Stadium.
Her homecoming didn't last long — Wozniak lost in straight sets Monday to Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky in first-round action. Wozniak waited until after the match to admit that the tendinitis in her right wrist has still been bothering her.
She told QMI Agency on Wednesday that she'll take a one-week break from training to mend up.
"I need to find the power," said Wozniak, ranked No. 53 in the world.
She wasn't hitting the ball with her usual punch in the match against Bacsinszky, even though she said she felt no pain.
"I wasn't feeling bad during the match, but it was stiff," Wozniak said. "It was difficult to impose my will, especially since I wasn't able to train as I would have liked."
Wozniak is still shaking off the disappointing early exit, but she can still be seen around Uniprix Stadium, taking part in off-court festivities.
As for the U.S. Open, which gets under way at the end of the month, Wozniak isn't making any guarantees.
"I really want to concentrate on getting the power back and making sure the injury doesn't return in the future," she said.
She also managed to put a positive spin on her recent troubles. "I've been a lucky girl. I haven't been missing months like some other players."