As the first week of the French Open neared upon completion, the only Canadian player remaining in the singles competition was Alexandra Wozniak.
Ranked 140th in the world, the 20-year-old player from Blainville, Quebec made her way through the first two rounds of the Grand Slam event.
Today, in Wozniak's third round match, Vera Zvonareva controlled the major points on her way to an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory. In the fourth round, Zvonareva will face the No. 7 seed of the tournament, Elena Dementieva.
The young Canadian did not play her usual game. Her number of unforced errors and double faults was unusually high. That fact alone was enough to cost her the match, but Zvonareva did play sound tennis at the other end of the clay court.
For Alexandra Wozniak, the results of this week should help her rise a bit in the rankings and allow her into the main draw at Wimbledon. If she could repeat her French Open run at Wimbledon, Wozniak could be ranked as high as 70th in the world when the season returns to American soil.
Alexandra Wozniak will then play on home ground at the Masters Series tournament in Canada, which is only two weeks prior to the 2008 US Open at Flushing Meadows. The good French Open result gives her a chance to play and try to break her best career ranking during the rest of this season.
I will follow her season with interest, and I wish her the very best of luck.
(Picture: Alexandra Wozniak, Canadian Press.)