Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, who won the second Bahamas Open title earlier this month, fell to American tennis star Venus Williams, on Sunday, at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida.
Earlier this month, Wozniak defeated Alize Cornet, of France, 64 and 75, in the Bahamas Open final. The professional tennis tournament, which carried a total purse of $100,000 and was sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), was played on hard courts right here at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association's (BLTA) National Tennis Center.
After prevailing here in The Bahamas, 24-year-old Wozniak took her talents to South Beach for the prestigious Sony Ericsson Open, also known as the Miami Masters. In continuing a trend over the past two years, tennis stars seem to shine brighter on the WTA Tour after playing here at The Bahamas Open.
Wozniak gained a match point against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, but unable to convert on it. She came within one point of knocking out the American tennis legend in the third round of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 and WTA Premier event. Wozniak, ranked no. 65 on the WTA Tour, served for the match at 5-4 in the third set and held a match point at 40-30 but failed to convert.
The two players split the first two sets at 6-4 apiece. Wozniak jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the final set, an advantage she maintained until serving for the match in the ninth game. The two-hour, 53-minute match ended in the third set when Williams hit a serve and Wozniak couldn't get the return back. As a result, Williams escaped with a 4-6, 6-4 and 7-6(5)victory to reach the round of 16 in her first tournament since last year's U.S. Open.
Wozniak broke Williams'serve seven times in the match, but was unable to hold her own serve when it mattered the most. She came into the contest on a seven-match win streak and almost made it eight, but her wildcard entry came to an end with a dramatic win by Williams. Her run to the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open included a three-set win over Monica Niculescu of Romania, which will allow her to move closer to the Top 60 in the world rankings.
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