Serena Williams vs Aleksandra Wozniak French Open 2009 Betting Odds
Serena Williams vs. Aleksandra Wozniak French Open 2009 Betting Odds:
Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to beat Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 4-6 6-3 6-4 and reach the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday.
The American second seed will next face Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak, seeded 24th, for a place in the last eight.
Martinez Sanchez bagged an ill-tempered opening set after breaking in the fifth game with a controversial shot which appeared to have bounced off her arm.
Annoyed with the call, Williams went on to level the contest and her opponent eventually ran out of steam, bowing out after two hours 11 minutes on the first match point.
Serena Williams accused Spanish opponent Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of cheating after winning a bad-tempered French Open third round clash on Saturday.
Williams's 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory was overshadowed by an incident in the first set when the 43rd-ranked Martinez Sanchez broke serve to lead 3-2 but only after the crucial point-winning shot appeared to rebound off her arm.
"The ball did touch her 100 percent on her arm. The rules of tennis are when the ball hits your body, then it's out of play," said the American.
"You lose a point automatically. So the ball hit her body, and therefore, she should have lost the point instead of cheating."
"I hit that ball rather hard. She knew that ball hit her."
Martinez Sanchez insisted the ball did not hit her arm.
"I put the racquet up. The ball was in and it was a point for me. It didn't hit me or my body," said the 26-year-old who refused to be drawn into a slanging match with the American.
"To say I'm a 'cheat' is stupid. I'm not going to comment on it."
For the first time in 17 years, the fourth round of the French Open women's draw will have some Canadian flavour.
Aleksandra Wozniak continued her magical French Open run Saturday, earning a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain in third-round action.
The 21-year-old from Blainville, Que., is the first Canadian woman to survive into the second week at the French Open since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992. Wozniak is also the first Canadian to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam event since Maureen Drake qualified for the round of 16 at the 1999 Australian Open.
"That's awesome for Canada and I hope to keep going," said Wozniak, who was eliminated in the third round at last year's French Open.
"I'm definitely enjoying the way I'm playing. I'm really excited."
Wozniak faced her toughest challenge to date against Dominguez Lino, who broke the Canadian's serve five times in the second set to even the match on a blustery day at Roland Garros. Wozniak stormed back in the deciding set, breaking her 28-year-old opponent three times – giving her eight break points for the match.
Despite winning just 51 per cent of her first-serve games, Wozniak was content with her performance, double faulting just twice after recording 11 double faults in her first two matches.
"I'm improving," said Wozniak, seeded 24th. "Every day the conditions are different … it was windy, but I definitely managed it better than in my first-round match here."
Wozniak's opponent in the round of 16 will be second-seeded Serena Williams, who rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Wozniak beat Williams in their only previous meeting last July at the Bank of the West Classic, when Wozniak took a 6-2, 3-1 lead before Williams was forced to retire with a knee injury. Wozniak went on to beat Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-3 in the final, making her the first Canadian to win a WTA Tour event in 20 years.
Though Williams looks as healthy as ever, Wozniak said she isn't intimidated at the prospect of facing the No. 2 player in the world.
"I look like I have a chance with anybody," said Wozniak. "Almost every tournament I'm playing a top-20 or top-10 player.
"I'm definitely going into that match confident. I just need to focus on doing things well. This is where I belong, with the best players in the world. I feel it's my place."
Though Wozniak finished with just 25 winners against 41 unforced errors, she said she doesn't see anything that requires major improvement heading into the fourth round.
"I need to keep being positive and (focus) on the good things in my game," said Wozniak. "I don't want to look at what I have to improve."
Elsewhere, top-seeded Daniel Nestor of Toronto and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic advanced to the third round of men's doubles with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech duo Leos Friedl and David Skoch.
Nestor and Zimonjic converted a pair of break points in the first set and two more in the second, finishing with 70 winners in the one hour 14 mi