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A career-threatening encounter with adversity always has a way of putting sport
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case for Canadian tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak at the London 2012 Olympic
Games on Tuesday, who was defeated handedly by American Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3
in the second round.  Wozniak, who was participating in her first Olympic Games,
had her tennis career threatened by a recurring bout of forearm tendonitis she
suffered in 2010 and 2011.   “I was really happy to be a part of this and
represent my country at the Olympics. After all the journey Ive been through I
could have easily quit tennis after my serious injury and all the obstacles that
have come my way,” she said after her match on Tuesday. “I had to find myself
the will to keep persevering and come back strong. Its been an unbelievable
journey for me and amazing that Im back here with the best to have these
opportunities in my life.” Williams dominated in every facet of the game,
overpowering Wozniak with the serve and keeping her off balance all match, which
took 63 minutes to complete. Wozniak has faced Williams on one other occasion,
losing in three sets at the Sony Ericsson Open in March. London 2012 is also a
comeback tournament for Williams, who has dealt with her own adversity over the
last several years. Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, has had her
career derailed by various injuries and was diagnosed with Sjogrens syndrome, an
auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and inflammation of the joints, in
2011.  But it finally looks like Williams is close to rediscovering her once
dominant form. “Venus (Williams) played amazingly well. She was really in her
zone today,” Wozniak said of her opponent. “She played so hard and heavy; it was
really tough to play my game. We had some really fast, powerful exchanges, but
she was on top of her game. Grass really suits her. She played amazingly. “My
arm was on fire returning her serves, they were so huge. We had such a tough
match last time and a battle that she came from the very first point in her
bubble.” Wozniak won her Olympic debut against New Zealands Marina Erakovic on
Monday 6-2, 6-1, but the experience of Williams, a three-time Olympic medallist,
bled through – a trend the Laval, Que., native expects to continue at London
2012. “It feels like its really her tournament, shes unbeatable here,” she said.
“The way she played (Tuesday) I dont think she could have played better. You
could really sense that the Centre Court is hers, even though theres the other
top players, she handles it so well. It was incredible to see.” Wozniak will
spend the rest of her time in London as a spectator, having been eliminated from
the doubles tournament in the first round on Day 1.Williams, who is unseeded at
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