GATINEAU, July 20, 2017 (Press Release)
Aleksandra Wozniak from Blainville booked her ticket into the quarterfinals on Wednesday after ousting former world no. 14 Elena Bovina in Gatineau. The tournament features 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 will be held from July 17 to 23 at Parc de l’Île in Gatineau.
Although a brief rain delay interrupted a number of matches in the afternoon, it did not slow down the tournament’s sixth seed Aleksandra Wozniak, who took care of her Russian opponent Elena Bovina in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. In a match that lasted just a little over an hour, the Canadian was effective in her service games, with a first serve percentage of 70.5%. She also capitalized on eight of her break point opportunities. Playing in only her second Gatineau Challenger, Wozniak is off to the quarterfinals, where she will face the tournament’s third seed Mayo Hibi of Japan.
Brayden Schnur from Pickering was the only other Canadian in singles action on Wednesday, where he had the tough task of facing the tournament’s top seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia. Despite taking the initial set and tallying twelve aces in the match, the Canadian was unable to overcome his powerful opponent. After almost two and a half hours of play and a rain delay, Schnur fell 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-1 in the second round.
The tournament’s number three Blaz Kavcic from Slovenia was forced to retire from his match against Yuki Bhambri of India due to exhaustion, trailing 6-7, 1-3. The 30-year-old Ljubljana native clinched the ATP Challenger title in Winnipeg last Sunday.