Aleksandra Wozniak can still hit some mean ground strokes — but recent injuries have made it very difficult for her to compete at her top level.
The 30-year-old tennis player has recovered and is now determined to work her way back into the top 100.
Her current WTA ranking is 337 — a long way from her personal best of 21 in 2009.
Making a comeback isn’t just difficult physically or mentally, but also financially.
Wozniak has started a GoFundMe campaign to keep competing, with the goal of raising $50,000.
That is what is costs to pay for coaching, travel expenses and training.
“Depending of how many tournaments you play during the year it can be $80,000, $100,000,” Wozniak told Global News.
Many professional players are stating to peak well into their mid-thirties.
Healthier lifestyles, improved tennis equipment and new methods of training are extending the careers of professional players, both men and women.
Wozniak is hoping to join the crowd.
“If I wouldn’t believe I think would have already moved on and started a new chapter in my life,” Wozniak said.
The professional player plans to play tournaments just in Canada this summer hoping to increase her ranking and attract new endorsements.