Canada’s Wozniak beats Hantuchova, moves into second round of Rogers Cup in Montreal

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Canada’s Rogers Cup tournament alternates between Toronto and Montreal each year. In first round main draw play in the night match yesterday, local favourite Aleksandra Wozniak defeated both a very inopportune one hour rain delay at 7-5 6-6 and Daniella Hantuchova of Slovakia, to finally take the match 7-5 7-6 (7-5) on her third match point, having already had two when she led 6-5 in the second set before letting Hantuchova back in with a chance. In a match which lasted close to one and three quarter hours, both players had chances to take control, but they both showed flashes of brilliance and amateur-like simple errors.

In other matches earlier on Day 1, two relatively unknown players defeated well known WTA competitors of good standing and experience. Hard hitting Sofia Arvidson of Sweden, ranked 50, was taken out by little known Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, who has a ranking of 121, with relative ease, 6-2 6-3. Sorana Cirstea of Romania, who has been climbing the rankings recently with some good wins over higher ranked players and is now ranked at 38, was blown away in two bagel sets 6-0 6-0 by Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan, ranked at 105.

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