A Breakout Week for Aleksandra Wozniak.

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2008

Yesterday for the final of the Bank of the West tournament held at the Stanford University campus, Aleksandra Wozniak completed a dream week by defeating Marion Bartoli in two sets of 7-5 and 6-3.

The title won by the 20-year-old player from Blainville, Quebec is her first one in career. In fact, Wozniak is only the fifth Canadian woman and the very first Quebec native to win a WTA title.

Jill Heterington in 1988 was the last Canadian woman to win a WTA title.

Aleksandra Wozniak had an awesome week. After playing three qualifying matches to access the main draw, she defeated four top 30 players on her way to the title.

During the first round, she defeated Francesca Schiavone in two sets. Then, Wozniak won a place into the semifinals with a victory over Sybille Bammer in three hard fought sets.

A match with the no. 5 player in the world Serena Williams made all of us think that her magnificent run was over. But against all odds, Wozniak won the first set by 6-4 and was leading the second set by 3-1 when Serena was forced to retire because of a knee injury.

During the final, Marion Bartoli, ranked 15th in the world, wasn't able to defeat a dominating and focused Wozniak.

The 225 points awarded to the tournament champion combined with her third round at Roland-Garros and second round result at Wimbledon propels Aleksandra Wozniak around the 45th rank.

She achieved her objective for this year as she was hoping to be ranked around the 50th place at the end of the season.

Aleksandra will stay in California this week as she participates in another tournament. Tuesday, she will play Flavia Pennetta in her first round match.

Once her tournament will be over, she will come back to Montreal to play the Rogers Cup next week in front of her own fans. We can bet that she will receive a warm welcome from the fans gathered at the Uniprix stadium.

Congratulations Aleksandra!

(Picture: Aleksandra Wozniak, Canadian Press.)