Team USANA and WTA fans alike were in for quite a show at the 2012 Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank Aug. 4-13. Not only did USANA guests get to meet China’s Li Na, who later made it to the finals, they also got to see USANA WTA Brand Ambassador Aleksandra Wozniak make history by becoming the first Canadian tor reach the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in 20 years.
Aleksandra took to center court Aug. 11 against former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals. The rainy weather did little to deter USANA guests who stayed throughout the day and into the night, cheering on Aleksandra. Aleksandra fought a tough battle but lost the match 6-4, 6-4.
Aleksandra advanced to the quarterfinals by beating American Christina McHale 7-6(5), 6-3. “Today I just wanted to finish off the match quickly and be able to rest for my next one,” Aleksandra told reporters afterward. “I came back and played aggressive and now I’m going to go back and try to recover for the next match.
“I’ve always come with my friends to watch the best players in the world come to this big tournament — this tournament means a lot to me — so for sure I’m going to come back and be ready to do the best I can tonight.”
Prior to Aleksandra’s match, Li Na visited the USANA suite and met with an enthusiastic group of guests from USANA Montreal. During her visit, she posed for pictures and signed autographs.
Li faced Petra Kvitova in the Rogers Cup finals, with both vying for their firs WTA titles of the year. The No.5-seeded Kvitova needed more than an hour and five set points to take the first set, and after the No.10-seeded Li blazed through the second set in just 32 minutes, Kvitova got the only break of the third set and held serve the rest of the way en route to a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win.
“I really have to say she played very well today. I think we both played a very good match,” Li said of Kvitova. “I’m very happy because this was the first hardcourt tournament after the Olympics, and my new coach is going to come to Cincinnati, so I think this is a very good start to this season for me.”
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