INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Week by week, match by match – even point by point, Montreal’s Aleksandra Wozniak is slowly getting back to the player she used to be.
The latest step in that journey back from a shoulder injury that has kept her out most of the last year and a half was a 6-1, 6-7, 6-0 victory over top-20 player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the BNP Paribas Open Monday.
It’s the second seeded player the 26-year-old has knocked out of the tournament, after her third-set tiebreak upset of No. 15 seed Sabine Lisicki in the second round.
Here's what it looked like:
“I’m really happy. Nathalie (coach Nathalie Tauziat) tells me I’m progressing, finding my game step by step, that offensive way that I used to play,” said Wozniak, who will meet Australian Open champion Li Na in the fourth round, the top seed in the event because of the absence of Serena Williams.
“Slowly and slowly, every week, every match I’ve had the past couple of tournaments, they give me confidence, and help me apply that (aggressive) game again, like before.”
Wozniak was all over Pavlyuchenkova, as talented as anyone out there but prone to mixing poor matches with the great ones, in the first set.Read More »from Aleksandra Wozniak joins Eugenie Bouchard in the Indian Wells fourth round