Photo: Ryan Remiorz, The canadian Press
Tennis Canada has indicated that Wozniak will be honored at a ceremony on the central court, within the framework of the Rogers Cup in 2019.
Aleksandra Wozniak realized that she had to turn the page on his sports career last autumn, when it has returned to its roots in poland.
“I am a serious injury to his knee last summer, and it [the injury] is not yet cured, she explained. And it is during this trip to see my family — I have discussed with my grandmother who is aged 94 years, in her village in the suburbs of Warsaw, I realized that I had to withdraw. My body does not allow me simply to play at this level. “
My victory at Stanford, I’ll remember all my life. I had played eight games in nine days and I had beaten the girls in the top 10 as Serena Williams and Marion Bartoli.
— Aleksandra Wozniak
Wozniak has therefore officially announced on Wednesday that it put an end to his career as a professional tennis player. 31-year-old, she was a professional since 2005 and has concluded his career with a record of 363-246 in simple, punctuated by a title of the WTA gained at the tournament in Stanford in 2008.
“My victory at Stanford, I’ll remember all my life, she said. I had played eight games in nine days and I had beaten the girls in the top 10 as Serena Williams and Marion Bartoli. “
It has also distinguished itself by participating in the fourth round of the Internationaux de France in 2009, as well as to the London olympics in 2012 — where it was inclined to the second round before the American Venus Williams. She has also represented Canada 36 times in the Fed Cup.
“I’m coming with tears in their eyes when I said [at the press conference] that I was proud to be able to represent my country on the international stage, she mentioned. I was very moved ; it was not easy. “
However, not all of these feats that she will learn of his sporting career. Rather, it is a time that she has lived in the youngest, before becoming a professional player. “It is my sister who I was always inspired, especially when she became a canadian champion,” said Wozniak. I wanted to be like her, so I became a canadian champion. I then was third in the world in juniors before making the jump in the professional. “
Many of the injuries are however come to slow down its ascent in the standings of the WTA tour, after she had reached the 21st place in the world on June 22, 2009. In particular, it has been exposed by a major injury to the right shoulder, which required surgery in September 2014 and since that time his rating has never increased. The main interested is found at the 1042e global level during the publication of the latest rankings of the WTA tour, the 5th of November last.
“The past few years have been challenging with all the injuries, but I have always continued to beat me because my sport I care,” she mentioned.
“She has demonstrated a lot of courage and humility at the end of her career when she has made several returns to the game after serious injuries. We will remember Alexandra as a pioneer for the canadian tennis female, ” said Louis Borfiga, vice-president of development for the elite of Tennis Canada.
In may 2018, the player from Blainville had tried to save his career by launching his own campaign sociofinancement, in the hope to raise enough money to participate in tournaments in Quebec or in Canada. This attempt was in vain.
It has therefore played his last game of professional last April in a tournament of the ITF in Jackson, Mississippi, where she lost 6-4, 6-2 in the fourth round of the finals before the American Whitney Osuigwe.
Tennis Canada has indicated that Wozniak will be honored at a ceremony on the central court, within the framework of the Rogers Cup in 2019. As for Wozniak, she would like to remain involved in the world of tennis.
“I don’t know yet what is waiting for me, but I love working with children. In short, I’d like to be able to give back to my sport, since he did so much for me “, she concluded.