Canadian tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak was eliminated from women’s singles play at the London Games on Tuesday after dropping a 6-1, 6-3 decision to Venus Williams.
The veteran American broke Wozniak in the first game and used her trademark power game to her advantage throughout the match.
“We had some really fast, powerful exchanges but she was on top of her game,” Wozniak said. “I think grass really suits her.”
Williams had a huge 32-7 edge in winners and needed just 63 minutes to complete the victory. Wozniak, from Blainville, Que., was coming off an impressive first-round win over Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.
Williams has won five career singles titles at Wimbledon. She also won Olympic singles gold at the Sydney Games in 2000 and has won two gold medals in doubles (2000, 2008) with her sister Serena Williams.
The 15,000-capacity Centre Court appeared about three-quarters full for the opening match of the day.
Canada’s lone remaining singles player was also in action Tuesday. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., was on serve early in the third set of his second-round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France when rain delayed play.
Tsonga won the opening set 6-3 and Raonic took the second set 6-3.
In men’s doubles, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil lost 4-6, 5-7, 11-9 to Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic in second round play.