Ajla Tomljanović

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Ajla Tomljanović
Tomljanovic WMQ13-013.jpg
Country  Croatia
 Australia
Residence Boca Raton, United States / Brisbane, Australia
Born (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 21)
Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro December 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$761,244
Singles
Career record 176–110
Career titles 4 ITF
Highest ranking 51 (9 June 2014)
Current ranking 66 (18 October 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open 4R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2013, 2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 41–32
Career titles 3 ITF
Highest ranking 89 (9 August 2014)
Current ranking 90 (25 August 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2014)
US Open 3R (2014)
Last updated on: 25 August 2014.

Ajla Tomljanović (born 7 May 1993 in Zagreb) is a Croatian-Australian professional tennis player.

Tomljanović has won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 9 June 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 51. On 4 August 2014, she peaked at world number 89 in the doubles rankings.

Tomljanović was an accomplished junior player, having won the 2009 Australian Open Girls' Doubles title with Christina McHale. She would also reach her combined career high junior ranking of world number 4 on 30 March 2009.

In July 2014, it was announced that Tomljanović would take Australian citizenship and begin competing for Australia at the 2014 US Open. She will continue to represent Australia at all grand slam events until she receives an Australian passport, which will enable her to represent the country at Grand Slam and non-Grand Slam tournaments alike.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Tomljanović was born on 7 May 1993 to Croatian father Ratko and mother Emina.[2] She was born and raised in Zagreb, where she remains.[3][2] Her elder sister, Hana, played tennis for University of Virginia.[2] Tomljanović is a fan of basketball.[3][2] She began playing tennis aged seven and is coached by Fernando Martínez.[3][2]

Tennis career[edit]

Tomljanovic at the 2014 Australian Open

Junior career[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Tomljanović played her first professional ITF Circuit event in October 2008 in Mexico City, Mexico, and lost 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 to Estefania Craciún in the semifinals. She then qualified for another ITF event in Mexico City, but lost 6–2, 4–6, 6–4 to Karolina Kosińska in the second round.[4] In January 2009 Tomljanović qualified for the ITF event in Boca Raton, Florida, where she lost to Heidi El Tabakh 1–6, 6–4, 6–3 in the second round. She was awarded with a wild card for 2009 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, and lost to Angela Haynes 7–5, 6–2.[4][5] Tomljanović then made a chain of three consecutive losses in the second rounds, in at the ITF tournaments in Redding, California, Osprey, Florida, and Makarska, Croatia, losing to, respectively Rika Fujiwara, Katerina Kramperová and Ana Savić. At the ITF event in Zagreb, she lost to Tereza Hladiková in the first round 6–2, 4–6, 6–2.[4] On 10 May 2009 in Zagreb, Tomljanović won her first ITF doubles title, partnering with Croatian fellow Petra Martić.[4][6] Tomljanović missed most of 2012 due to mononucleosis.[7]

2014[edit]

During the preseason Tomljanović began working with coach David Taylor, former Australian Fed Cup captain, who had just parted company with Sam Stosur.[8] At PTT Pattaya Open, Tomljanović lost in the first round to a qualifier, Alla Kudryavtseva 4–6, 5–7.

At the French Open, Tomljanović scored one of her biggest win so far. In the first round, she defeated the 2010 French Open winner, Francesca Schiavone. Up next was the 32 seed Elena Vesnina, of whom Tomljanović also dropped no set. Her third round encounter was with the third seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Tomljanović managed another upset as she eliminated Radwanska in straight sets.

In July 2014 it was revealed that she had decided to switch allegiances from her native Croatia and become an Australian citizen, and as such will represent her new country at the upcoming US Open in August. She cited the improved facilities at Melbourne Park's National Tennis Centre as being behind her decision to move to Australia.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

ITF Circuit singles finals (4–7)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 29 November 2009 Puebla, Mexico Hard United Kingdom Naomi Broady 6–7(4), 3–6
Winner 2. 17 January 2010 Plantation, United States Clay Sweden Johanna Larsson 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 3. 4 April 2010 Pelham, United States Clay Romania Edina Gallovits 2–6, 0–6
Runner–up 4. 16 May 2010 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 1–6, 6–7(4)
Winner 5. 13 March 2011 Clearwater, United States Hard Kazakhstan Sesil Karatantcheva 7–6(3), 6–3
Runner–up 6. 10 April 2011 Jackson, United States Clay New Zealand Marina Erakovic 1–6, 2–6
Winner 7. 29 May 2011 Grado, Italy Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanţu 6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 8. 13 January 2013 Palm Harbor, United States Clay Slovenia Tadeja Majerič 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 9. 10 February 2013 Midland, United States Hard United States Lauren Davis 3–6, 6–2, 6–7(2)
Winner 10. 21 April 2013 Dothan, United States Clay China Zhang Shuai 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 11. 13 October 2013 Macon, United States Hard Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili 2–6, 6–1, 5–7

ITF Circuit doubles finals (3–1)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 10 May 2009 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Croatia Petra Martić Belarus Ksenia Milevskaya
Russia Anastasia Pivovarova
6–3, 6–7(4), 10–5
Runner–up 2. 3 October 2011 Kansas City, United States Hard United States Jamie Hampton Croatia Maria Abramovic
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinova
2–6, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 3. 24 October 2011 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Hard South Africa Chanel Simmonds United States Victoria Duval
United States Alexandra Kiick
6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 7 November 2011 Phoenix, United States Hard United States Jamie Hampton United States Maria Sanchez
United States Yasmin Schnack
3–6, 6–3, 6–3

Grand Slam girls' doubles finals (1–0)[edit]

No. Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
Winner 1. 2009 Australian Open Hard United States Christina McHale Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
Poland Sandra Zaniewska
6–1, 2–6, 10–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rising star Ajla Tomljanovic to boost Australian tennis stocks". Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ajla Tomljanović at the International Tennis Federation
  3. ^ a b c Ajla Tomljanović at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
  4. ^ a b c d Ajla Tomljanović – Activity at the International Tennis Federation
  5. ^ Ajla Tomljanović at coretennis.com
  6. ^ Sony Ericsson WTA Tour | Players | Stats | Ajla Tomljanović
  7. ^ Dan Chalk (8 February 2013). "Top seed survives in three-set thriller at DCTC". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Radio Roland Garros commentary by Australian tennis journalist Craig Gabriel on 25 May 2014
  9. ^ Rising star Ajla Tomljanovic to boost Australian tennis stocks, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 2014

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