Rogers Cup: That Woz not pretty

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the Wimbledon...

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 27, 2011. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 PM ET

TORONTO - It was a bad day to be The Woz.

First, world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was blown out of the Rogers Cup 6-4, 7-5 by little-known Italian Roberta Vinci.

Minutes later on the grandstand court at Rexall Centre, Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak was ushered out 6-3, 6-4 by 10th-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia.

On a blustery day that was right out of The Wizard of Woz, er, Oz, maybe we all should have seen this coming.

Wozniacki dropped the first set against Vinci but appeard to right herself in the second, taking a 5-1 lead. However, she then came completely unravelled -- too many unforced errors and four double faults -- to blow the next six games and book an early ticket to Kansas, sorry, Cincinnati.

"It was very difficult with the wind but also the way Vinci was playing," a dejected Wozniacki said. "You know, (it) was definitely not the best match and I didn't get a chance to get any rhythm. First match back, of course I'd have loved to win that one, especially after leading 5-1 in the second (set), it's not fun to lose this one.

"Right now it's pretty disappointing. You just want to try to get over this match and try to analyze what happened."

How does the best player in the world, albeit one who has been the subject of criticism over her ranking, lose to someone who would likely go unrecognized walking around the crowded Rexall Centre grounds?

In part, Wozniacki let the gusting conditions on centre court get to her. She seemed flustered by the blustering winds, watching helplessly as balls sailed out.

Vinci, meanwhile, found her range and, even though Wozniacki's game came back through the first six games of the second set, her confidence grew. Later, she called it the "best win in my life."

Vinci, a 28-year-old from Taranto, Italy, will play the winner of the second-round match between Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.

Wozniak, one of Canada's last hopes in the singles draw, was more philosophical than her Danish namesake about losing to Stosur, who will play sixth-seeded Na Li of China in the third round.

"Well, I tried not to give up and I tried to fight for each point," she said. "It's disappointing. You play at home and want to do so well but I thought it was a good match. I had a really tough opponent, she played really well."

With the exit of Wozniak and Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., who lost 6-0, 6-0 to fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the final match of the night, a dubious streak was extended. The last Canadian to get to the third round in Toronto was Helen Kelesi, who did it in 1991 before losing to Gabriela Sabatini. Dubois accomplished the feat in 2008 when the tournament was in Montreal.

No. 3 Vera Zvonareva of Russia, the top remaining seed, defeated countrywoman Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4. No. 3 Zvonareva will next play Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska.

Maria Sharapova survived a sloppy second set to get past qualifier Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-1, 7-5 in her opening match. She'll play another qualifier, Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, in the third round.

"I expected my opponent to play well," Sharapova said. "She's on her way up so I knew it was going to be a dangerous round. I was happy with the way I played in the first set and then I was up and down a little bit in the second."

American Serena Williams continued to roll through the draw, moving into the third round with a 6-1, 7-6 win over Julia Goerges of Germany in 94 minutes, almost as long as she kept the assembled media waiting afterwards.

"It was good for me," Williams said of being pushed to a tiebreak in the second set. "I wanted to get out there and close it out in two sets. It was good for me to win that, just get through it, because knowing that I didn't play my best and being able to win is better than playing good and losing, you know."

Seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 7-6, 6-3, No. 8 seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy moved on with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, No. 11 Andrea Petkovic of Germany dumped Greta Arn of Hungary 6-4, 7-5 and 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland downed Croatia's Petra Martic 6-3, 6-3.

Ana Ivanovic, the 2006 Rogers Cup champ, continued her resurgence by beating Czech Iveta Benesova 6-3, 6-2 while qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain topped Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-2.


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