Wozniak advances to fourth round

For the first time in 17 years, the fourth round of the French Open women’s draw will have some Canadian flavour.

Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino to advance to the fourth round of the French Open at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris

PARIS — For the first time in 17 years, the fourth round of the French Open women’s draw will have some Canadian flavour.

Aleksandra Wozniak continued her magical French Open run Saturday, earning a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain in third-round action.

The 21-year-old from Blainville, Que., is the first Canadian woman to survive into the second week at the French Open since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992. Wozniak is also the first Canadian to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam event since Maureen Drake qualified for the round of 16 at the 1999 Australian Open.

“That’s awesome for Canada and I hope to keep going,” said Wozniak, who was eliminated in the third round at last year’s event.

“I’m definitely enjoying the way I’m playing. I’m really excited.”

Wozniak faced her toughest challenge to date against Dominguez Lino, who broke the Canadian’s serve five times in the second set to even the match on a blustery day at Roland Garros. Wozniak stormed back in the deciding set, breaking her 28-year-old opponent three times — giving her eight break points for the match.

Wozniak’s opponent in the round of 16 will be second-seeded Serena Williams, who rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

Wozniak beat Williams in their only previous meeting last July at the Bank of the West Classic, when Wozniak took a 6-2, 3-1 lead before Williams was forced to retire with a knee injury. Wozniak went on to beat Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-3 in the final, making her the first Canadian to win a WTA Tour event in 20 years.

Though Williams looks as healthy as ever, Wozniak said she isn’t intimidated at the prospect of facing the No. 2 player in the world.

“I look like I have a chance with anybody,” said Wozniak. “Almost every tournament I’m playing a top-20 or top-10 player. I’m definitely going into that match confident. I just need to focus on doing things well. This is where I belong, with the best players in the world. I feel it’s my place.”

Just Posted

WATCH: Central Albertans learn about farm life at Sunnybrook Farm Museum

Pioneer Days Festival in Red Deer Saturday-Sunday

Number of seniors who play bridge in Red Deer growing

Red Deer Bridge Club has been around for close to 60 years

PHOTOS: Buccaneers battle Wolfpack in AFL semifinal

The Central Alberta Buccaneers battled the Calgary Wolfpack in the Alberta Football… Continue reading

Raising awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse

Second annual Raise A Ruckus Against Child Abuse was held at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel Saturday

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

VIDEO: Central Albertans learn about Icelandic poet at Stephansson House

Harvest Fair and Quilt Show hosted at Stephansson House in Spruce View Sunday

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House… Continue reading

Wildfire moves closer to Glacier National Park’s scenic road

MISSOULA, Mont. — A wildfire in Montana’s Glacier National Park is forcing… Continue reading

Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Couillard march in Montreal’s Pride parade

MONTREAL — Thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets of Montreal on… Continue reading

All eyes on Andrew Scheer as Conservative convention set for Halifax

OTTAWA — After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew… Continue reading

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

In the wake of deadly flooding in the Indian state of Kerala,… Continue reading

Indonesia’s Lombok island jolted by multiple quakes

SEMBALUN, Indonesia — Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok… Continue reading

Afghan president calls for Eid cease-fire, Taliban to reply

KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for a conditional cease-fire… Continue reading

Montreal may have less influence after October provincial election

MONTREAL — When Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault recently dismissed the… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month