The Rogers Cup has lost its top-ranked Canadian as local favourite Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., fell in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in front of a strong centre-court crowd at Uniprix Stadium on Monday night.
It was the first time Wozniak, ranked 53rd in the world, had faced the 49th ranked Bacsinszky in her career.
Bacsinszky’s serve was extremely erratic with a first serve percentage of only 39 per cent, but Wozniak was unable to take advantage and ultimately fell in the first round of her home tournament for a second straight year.
Wozniak began the match well with three service winners and an ace in the opening game, but her game began to go downhill when Bacsinszky broke her serve to go ahead 2-1 in the first set.
Wozniak wasted a break point opportunity in the subsequent game and then double faulted twice to hand Bacsinszky another break for a 4-1 lead.
It was the same pattern in the second set as Bacsinszky got a break to go ahead 3-1 and never looked back, winning in straight sets in a swift 64 minutes.
It was only Wozniak’s second tournament since losing to Jelena Jankovic in the second round at Wimbledon in June as she has battled tendinitis in her right forearm.
There was some question as to whether Wozniak would be able to play in Montreal, and she was wearing tape on the damaged forearm during Monday evening’s match.
The tournament also lost all of its Canadian content in the doubles portion on day one.
Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., and Toronto’s Sharon Fichman fell 6-3, 7-5 to the team of Daniela Hantuchova and Caroline Wozniacki. Heidi El Tabakh of Oakville, Ont., and Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino also dropped their first round match 6-2, 6-1 to the sixth-seeded team of Yung-Jan Chan and Jie Zheng.