This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) posted important victories over the weekend, both winning Challenger titles in Dallas and the Bahamas, respectively.
Dancevic enjoyed a dream run at the $125,000 Dallas Tennis Classic. He upset world no. 56 Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round and scored his first Top 25 victory since 2009 over world no. 24 Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals. He benefited from a Tommy Haas walkover in the semifinals before defeating former Top 30 player Igor Andreev 7-6(4), 6-3 in the championship match.
With the title win, Dancevic has moved up 43 spots to no. 132 on Monday’s new ATP World Tour rankings. Dancevic will take on Ricardo Mello of Brazil in opening round action in qualifying at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Monday.
In the Bahamas, Wozniak battled bad weather and her opponents en route to her ninth career ITF singles title and first since the Odlum Brown VanOpen in Vancouver last August. She beat Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski in a tough three set match in the semifinals and waited out a long rain delay before taking out Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 7-5 in the final. With the win, Wozniak jumped 21 places on the WTA rankings to no. 65. She has been granted a main draw wildcard for Miami this week.
Meanwhile, in doubles, Adil Shamasdin took home the doubles title at the $100,000 Guadalajara Challenger in Mexico on Sunday with his partner James Cerretani of the United States. The top-seeded pair defeated Tomasz Bednarek and Olivier Charroin in the final.