A Dream Come True: Wozniak The Olympian
Published June 18, 2012 12:00
MONTRÉAL, Canada - Before heading to Eastbourne, where she won her first round match on Monday from match point down, Aleksandra Wozniak had a very special day on her home turf - it's official, she's going to the Olympics.
Tennis Canada presented Wozniak with her official Olympic jacket, meaning the 24-year-old Québec native will be playing her very first Olympic Games.
"It's something I've been dreaming of since I was little girl, and my dream came true today," Wozniak said at the Tennis Canada press conference. "I never knew if this dream would be fulfilled. My parents immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1983. They had to start from zero, and I didn't know if they could support my dream, my passion for the sport. But it has come true."
Wozniak has also built some strong momentum as of late - she has nearly halved her ranking since the start of the year, from just outside the Top 100 to her current ranking of No.56, a strong rebound after her recent injury struggles.
"I didn't know how strong I would come back this year," Wozniak said. "It was hard on the morale. I knew if I worked hard I could come back, but I didn't know where my ranking would be, or if my health would let me down again."
At Eastbourne on Monday, Wozniak was in all sorts of trouble against Galina Voskoboeva, saving a match point down 5-3 in the third set then rallying from 5-2 down in the ensuing tie-break to beat the Kazakh, 63 46 76(5). She will face No.4 seed Marion Bartoli or Sorana Cirstea in the second round.