Aleksandra Wozniak set aside at Sony Ericsson Open

Canadian tennis player Aleskandra Wozniak was not able to make it past the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday.

4 Canadians defeated Tuesday in Miami

Aleksandra Wozniak, seen in last week's tournament, has battled injury problems in recent years. (Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press)

Canadian tennis player Aleskandra Wozniak was not able to make it past the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday.

The Blainville, Que., native lost 6-3, 7-5 to Caroline Garcia of France at the Masters tournament in Miami.

Wozniak was looking to follow up momentum in her comeback from injuries after wins in last week's Indian Wells tournament over top players Urszula Radwanska, Sabine Lisicki and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

For her part, Garcia also owns wins this year over Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Sharon Fichman.

Later Tuesday, Fichman of Toronto lost to Coco Vandeweghe of the United States, 6-4, 6-4, in a qualifying match.

Montreal's Françoise Abanda, who just turned 17 last month, hung in for over two-and-a-half hour against the oldest player on the women's tour, 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan. Date-Krumm prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

Peter Polansky of Toronto lost in the main draw on the men's side, 6-3, 7-5 against Dominic Thiem of Austria.

Bouchard of Westmount, Que., Milos Raonic of Thornhill, and Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil received byes into the second round of the tournament.

Shedova to face Williams

Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan defeated 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to a second-round match against top-seeded Serena Williams.

Williams, who will open defence of her title against the 59th-ranked Shvedova on Thursday, has won all three matches they've played.

Williams did drop a set to Shvedova in their 2012 Wimbledon fourth round meeting.

American Varvara Lepchenko defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, but fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands fell to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, who lives in Miami, defeated Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-6 (7).

With files from The Associated Press


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