Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak won her opening match at the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger presented by Manshield Construction on Monday, defeating fellow Canadian Rosie Johanson 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. It was the first match for Wozniak, who received a wild card into the $25K ITF Pro Circuit event, since going under surgery to repair a shoulder injury almost a year ago.
In the second round, the former world No. 21 will face American Ingrid Neel, who upset No. 6-seeded Canadian Francoise Abanda 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Monday.
Two other Canadians fell in their first matches, with Gloria Liang dropping a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 decision to No. 4 seed Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine and Katherine Sebov losing 6-4, 6-3 to No. 5 seed Kristie Ahn of the United States.
Among the players in action Tuesday will be Sharon Fichman against Michaela Gordon and Vanessa Wong, who will go up against No. 1 seed Jovana Jaksic of Serbia.
A joint event, main draw play for the $15,000 Winnipeg National Bank Futures presented by Manshield Construction will get underway on Tuesday. No. 8 seed Filip Peliwo headlines the action. He will go head-to-head with young Canadian Jack Van Slyke.
The Winnipeg National Bank Challenger and Futures will run from August 24 to 30 at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club. Click here for complete draws and results for the women’s events, and here for draws and results from the men’s event.