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Wozniak wants Canada at London Games

Aleksandra Wozniak says her goal is "to get back into the top-50 within the next couple of months"

  • By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 15:43 February 19, 2012
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Aleksandra Wozniak is backing herself to represent Canada at this year's London Olympic Games as she treads the familiar road of returning from a long injury.

"It took me one full year after my wrist got injured last season. I have slipped in my rankings, so the goal would be to get back into the top-50 within the next couple of months," Wozniak told Gulf News as she prepared for her final round of qualifying on Sunday against either Virginie Razzano of France or Polona Hercog of Slovenia at the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open here.

 A former world no.21 till the wrist injury felled her, Wozniak sent India's Sania Mirza packing in three sets on the opening day of the qualifiers on Saturday.

In her second round qualifying, the 24-year-old resident of Quebec waged a three-setter lasting two hours and 20 minutes before winning 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 against Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine. 

"I slipped down to 200, but now I have managed to get back to 85. So right now I am concentrated on getting back to the top again by taking it one match at a time," she said. 

"Overall, I am just trying to be at the Olympics, so it is important for me to be in the top-50 in a couple of months. I want to represent my country at the Olympics and I am fighting for that. For sure I want to try and stay healthy as I have been struggling with injuries, and the best is to play a lot of matches and get back into the top-50," Wozniak added. 

The Canadian's career-best ranking of No.21 came in June 2009, making her the fourth-highest ranked Canadian singles player of all time. Till date, she has won one WTA and eight ITF titles, and at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford in 2008, Wozniak became the first Canadian in 20 years to capture a WTA singles crown. 

She was named Female Player of the Year by Tennis Canada on four occasions - 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. "I have won against some of the top players such as Serena Williams, Marion Bartoli, Francesca Schiavone, Sam Stosur. So right now I am trying to get back there when I can start beating such players once again," she smiled.

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