Canadian Wozniak loses out to Errani in first round of Rogers Cup

Wozniak, ranked 21st in 2009, has slipped to 465th after a series of injuries (Paul Chiasson/CP)

MONTREAL — Sara Errani advanced to the second round of the US$2.4 million women’s Rogers Cup with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que. on Tuesday.

Errani, ranked 25th in the world, posted four service breaks in the first set of the centre court battle of 29-year-old baseliners. Errani, coming off a quarter-final on clay in Sweden last week, led 4-2 in the second when Wozniak had her best moments battling back to force a tiebreaker.

Wozniak, ranked 21st in 2009, has slipped to 465th after a series of injuries. She lost in the first round for a second week in a row, having fallen to Jessica Pegula last week in Washington, D.C.

Lucky loser Christina McHale of the U.S. posted a 6-4, 3-0 win over qualifier Shuai Zhang, who retired in the second set.

Andrea Petkovic of Germany downed Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (1), 6-3 to advance to a second-round meeting with 12th seeded Petra Kvitova.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.