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By Chris Oddo

Wozniak Rogers Cup Getty (August 7, 2012) -- Canadian Wildcard and former World No. 21 Aleksandra Wozniak defeated Daniela Hantuchova at the Rogers Cup 7-5, 7-6(5) last night.

Wozniak served for the match twice in the second set, and failed to convert two match points before finally closing Hantuchova out in a tiebreaker.

After a 55-minute rain delay, Hantuchova notched the first mini-break of the second-set tiebreaker, but Wozniak didn’t lose another point on serve and made good on her third match point of the evening with Hantuchova serving at 5-6.

Wozniak hit 22 winners against 33 unforced errors on the evening, and converted 7 of 8 break points against Hantuchova.

The 24-year-old Montreal native will face thirteenth-seeded Jelena Jankovic after a day off on Thursday. The Canadian has not advanced beyond the second round at the Rogers Cup in nine previous appearances.

Vinci Comes Back from the Brink to Defeat Wickmayer

Roberta Vinci reeled off six consecutive games in the final set to defeat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

The come-from-behind victory was Vinci’s fourth in a row against Wickmayer, but unlike her last three straight-set wins against the Belgian, this time the World No. 28 found herself in a pickle after dropping the second set and falling behind 5-1 in the decider.

But soon after, Wickmayer's game fell to pieces and Vinci picked up steam.

Wickmayer double-faulted while holding a match point at 5-2, and it was the only match point that she would see on the day.

“I was a little bit lucky on her match point,” Vinci said. “Perhaps she panicked a little bit.”

Vinci will face eleventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the second round. Vinci defeated the Serb en route to the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup last year, but Ivanovic holds a 5-2 career edge against the Italian.

In other action Tamira Paszek upset Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-1. The Austrian saved the only break point she faced while converting on five of the nine she saw. Paszek will play top-seeded Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an all-Spanish battle, while Ekaterina Makarova defeated Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-2.

Qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan notched the WTA Tour's seventh double bagel of the season when she won 16 of 17 second serve points against Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Karatancheva won 53 of 74 points to race past Cirstea 6-0, 6-0 in 43 minutes.

The 23-year-old reached a career-high ranking of 35 in 2005, but hasn’t finished a season inside the WTA’s top 100 since. She entered the week at 105 and will face sixteenth-seeded Lucie Safarova in round two.

Other first-round winners on Tuesday were Ksenia Pervak, Simona Halep, Chanelle Scheepers and qualifier Jana Cepelova.

(Photo Credit: Getty)

 

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