With her Fed Cup victory, Aleksandra Wozniak's long road back from shoulder surgery is just beginningStephanie Myles at Eh Game23 hrs ago
Aleksandra Wozniak was never one to seek out the bright lights.
She looks at someone like the Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban with amazement. “He just loves it, and it works so well with his personality,” she told Eh Game just before Christmas, when she was at a Fed Cup training camp in Florida with most of the other top Canadian players. “I personally never liked attention; I’d rather let the results speak for themselves, and train one-on-one with someone in an intimate setting.”
At times, the spotlight found her; for years before fellow Montrealer Genie Bouchard hit the big time, Wozniak was the face of Canadian women’s tennis. When she reached No. 21 in the WTA Tour rankings and won her first WTA Tour title, she received a lot of attention and was celebrated as one of Canada’s top athletes.
She didn’t love it. You can’t say she suffered it. The truth was somewhere in between. But she didn’t necessarily miss it over the last year or so as she wondered if her career was over.
At 28, she’s starting all over again after losing a year rehabbing after shoulder surgery, which took place Sept. 12, 2014.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
During coverage of Saturday's LPGA Coates Golf Championship final round, the Golf Channel crew spent some time analyzing Brooke Henderson's decision to go with a 48-inch driver this season.
While it has given her an extra 20 yards off the tee, the TV analysts wondered if she wasn't playing with fire.
In the end, though, they might have been more on point had they discussed her putter.
The 18-year-old sensation from Smiths Falls, Ont., headed into the final five holes with a one-stroke lead but had to settle for second place thanks to a pair of three-putt bogeys on a rain-soaked Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.
Henderson finished at nine-under, two strokes behind Ha Na Jang of South Korea. And it was that pair of three-putts that made the difference.
While Henderson was having trouble on the soggy greens, Jang birdied the 16th to regain the lead and then added another birdie on 18 to put the icing on her first tour victory.
"It's amazing how I feel right now," the 23-year-old Korean told reporters. She finished at 11-under 277 and earned $225,000 U.S.
World No. 803 Aleksandra Wozniak musters up some Fed Cup magic and leaves Canada tied 1-1 after Day 1 of Fed Cup vs. BelarusStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
Françoise Abanda had a winnable match to open Canada's Fed Cup quest, but couldn't quite close the door.
Enter 28-year-old Aleksandra Wozniak, currently ranked No. 803, who hadn't even won a tournament match since last September, to face Belarus No. 1 Olga Govortsova.
A contemporary of Wozniak's, Govortsova had to step into the "leadership" role once it was confirmed that top player Victoria Azarenka would be a no-show. And if that pressure was weighing on her, it showed Saturday as Wozniak romped to a 6-2, 6-2 victory that tied the tie at 1-1 going into Sunday's play.
Abanda came close, but eventually fell to 21-year-old Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
The 19-year-old should have won the first set, did win the second, but her level fell off in the third as the slightly more experienced Sasnovich took over. Abanda has pulled off great Fed Cup efforts before, against players ranked higher than the No. 99 from Belarus. But not this time.
- Gavin Day at Eh Game1 day ago
Canada continued their preparations for the next round of World Cup qualifying against Mexico with a 1-0 loss to the United States in a friendly at StubHub Center in Carson, California on Friday night.
The Americans created the bulk of the chances but the performance and the result should not be indicative of what to expect next month as both sides didn’t field their top lineups and both sides had North American based players just at the start of their seasons.
That said, here are few observations from last night:
1.Maxime Crepeau has a bright future in goal for club and country
- JP Balladier at Eh Game2 days ago
We're in February, the most interesting month of the NBA regular season. The All-Star weekend is rolling in with the trade deadline coming shortly after.
The Raptors are coming off the best win streak in franchise history, and completed January with a 12-1 record.
With 50 games under their belt, the trade chatter around the association is beginning to heat up. We're beginning to figure out the potential selling teams, whereas the Raptors will be in the buyer's market.
The challenge for General Manager Masai Ujiri will be to engineer a trade with 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster. The Raptors use a 9-man rotation night-in and night-out, but with recent injuries to DeMarre Carroll and James Johnson, we've seen rookie second-round pick Norman Powell step up in their absence. Other young players had to step up at some point this season. Bebe Nogueira got some important minutes when Jonas Valanciunas was ailing in November and December.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard needs tennis matches as she returns from her 2015 concussion – a return that began promisingly in Australia – but her post-Australian Open schedule hasn't been much help in that regard.
In the wake of her decision not to play Fed Cup for Canada this weekend in Quebec City, the 21-year-old has also pulled out of the Rio Open in Brazil, which will take place the week of Feb. 15.
As of Friday, she is still officially entered in another small WTA Tour event in Malaysia the week after that.
No specific reason was given and there doesn't appear to be an injury, although Bouchard did Tweet about having a cold. There certainly are concerns about traveling to Brazil these days, with the threat of the Zika virus.
When you're sick and you think about all the times you didn't appreciate breathing through your nose
The Rio Open's official Twitter stated that Bouchard "has decided to train a bit more before returning to play."
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game2 days ago
The sexual harrassment scandal that prompted Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut to first step down and then resign in October is still having its effects felt inside Canada's Olympic organization, and it could have an impact on preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics this summer.
Jean-Luc Brassard, the former freestyle skier who competed for Canada at four Olympics, won gold in 1994, and is now the 2016 chef de mission, told the CBC he's contemplated resigning over the COC's handling of the Aubut saga and may still do so if the organization doesn't provide answers as to why complaints about Aubut were ignored for years:
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game2 days ago
As if the Super Bowl -- aka The Greatest Championship Game In The History of the Universe And Maybe Beyond -- didn't already get enough hype, it heads into Sunday's all-day football festival with history on its side.
This is the 50th anniversary of the game and the first in that half-century not to have Roman numerals attached to it. Maybe the NFL used them all up the last two years, what with Super Bowls XLVIII and XLIX pretty much doing the job.
Regardless of the reason, calling it Super Bowl 50 instead of Super Bowl L won't be the only bit of history coming to the fore on Sunday.
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- Chris Young at Eh Game2 days ago
On Sunday, I’ll be headed to a friend’s place to eat well (barbecue) or not (chips, peanuts), drink something cold (I’m thinking a nice stout), buy a couple of $5 squares, sit through this year’s overblown pop act (hoping for a Left Shark reprise), and finally, perhaps, though this always seems an afterthought (and almost always, less than promised), watch a bit of football – because you don’t just watch the Super Bowl. You consume it, as if on vacation from midwinter, a one-day-into-the-night binge that at this downtown Toronto house I'm headed to will be shown on a screen that at 80 inches across sits against the basement wall looking like the arse end of the Titanic come to rest.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
To almost no one's surprise, Belarus's top player Victoria Azarenka will be a no-show for that nation's Fed Cup tie against Canada in Quebec City this weekend.
And that gives the Canadian team, also without its top player in Genie Bouchard, a puncher's chance to win the tie and advance to a playoff to earn a promotion into World Group I in April. They are currently in World Group II, which comprises the teams ranked 9-16 in the ITF world rankings.
Still, Belarus boasts two players ranked in the top 100 on the WTA Tour, something Canada cannot match.
But on the first day of singles Saturday, the nation will field two players with some good precedent for making magic happen when playing for their country.
The tie will open Saturday at noon (Sportsnet, jammed up with daytime hockey, is supposed to stream this on its website; it will be available in French on TVA) with Canadian No. 1 Françoise Abanda taking on Belarus No. 2 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
The second singles will be Canadian No. 2 Aleksandra Wozniak against Belarus' No. 1, Olga Govortsova.
Here is the official press-release quote from Canadian captain Sylvain Bruneau: