Wozniak crowned champion at the Gatineau National Bank Challenger
Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) was crowned the women’s singles champion on Sunday in Gatineau. The tournament featured a mixed draw, with the men competing in the $75,000 ATP Challenger event and the women competing in the $25,000 ITF Challenger event. The tournament was held from July 17 to 23 at Parc de l’Île in Gatineau.
Wozniak was disputing her first final since March 2012, where she won her last title at the ITF Women’s Circuit tournament in the Bahamas. On Sunday, she was opposing Ellen Perez of Australia, who had ousted the tournament’s fifth and seventh seed on route to her appearance in the final.
Playing in front of a packed crowd, Wozniak broke her opponent in the opening service game and consolidated her break with a strong service game. She was quick while on serve, while Perez had to work harder to hold serve. As the Canadian was serving for the set, she was broken by Perez, evening out the score and eventually led to a tie-break. Wozniak was dominant with her baseline play and took the set in a little under an hour.
The Canadian began the second with another early, break but Perez was resilient and broke back. Shortly after the Australian received a medical timeout, the match was briefly interrupted due to rain. The delay did not last long and play resumed with Wozniak picking up where she left off. She capitalized on another break point late in the set to take the match 7-6(4), 6-4.
“I am very happy with my performance this week and I would like to thank all of the fans who came out and supported me throughout the tournament. This win is very special for me and I hope to continue playing at this level next week in Granby,” stated Wozniak after her win on Sunday.