Wozniak out, junior career over

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

LONDON -- A disappointed Aleksandra Wozniak did not go quickly or quietly yesterday.

But she did say goodbye to Junior Wimbledon -- and junior tennis for that matter -- in typical Canadian fashion: Limping her way to the finish line and never giving up.

It was the best the 17-year-old could show from a day in which she had little game left.

"I didn't really have my legs (yesterday)," she said, after being defeated 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 by her younger Polish opponent, Agnieszka Radwanska, in the quarter-finals. "It was like three different matches. And I only liked one of them."

Wozniak started the day much like the weather at Wimbledon, somewhat dark and dreary. She was down 5-0 in the first set when a rain delay came and postponed her match for more than four hours.

Her return to the court wasn't much better than her start. She lost the final game of the first set and the first three games of the second set before suddenly showing some life.

She won six of the next seven games to take the second set and thought she would take the match over at that time. "But my legs were getting tired in the third set and I injured my hamstring. I was trying emotionally to come back, but my legs wouldn't let me. I couldn't move.

"You can have as strong a will as you want but you have to get there."

Yesterday, she couldn't get there. Partially because of her game and lack of speed. Partially because her opponent wouldn't let her. Wozniak now will take a week off at home in Montreal before heading to the professional ranks with a challenger tournament in Hamilton, before playing at the Canadian Open in Toronto.

"All in all, this was a great experience," she said. "It's my last junior tournament and I would liked to have gone farther. But it's Wimbledon. How do you complain about that?"


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