Ajla Tomljanović

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Ajla Tomljanović
Tomljanovic WMQ13-013.jpg
Country  Croatia
Residence 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
Career record 176–110
Career titles 4 ITF
Highest ranking 47 (23 February 2015)
Current ranking 47 (23 February 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014, 2015)
French Open 4R (2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2013, 2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
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 Bosniak mother Emina.[2] She was born and raised in Zagreb, where she remains.[2][3] Her elder sister, Hana, played tennis for University of Virginia.[2] Tomljanović is a fan of basketball.[2][3] She began playing tennis aged seven and is coached by Fernando Martínez.[2][3]

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]


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 reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, defeating 2010 champion, Francesca Schiavone and third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets en route before losing to Carla Suárez Navarro in the fourth round.

In July 2014 it was revealed that she had decided to switch allegiances from her native Croatia and become an Australian citizen; she then represented her new country at the US Open in August that year. She cited the improved facilities at Melbourne Park's National Tennis Centre as being behind her decision to move to Australia.[9] Tomljanovic is known for her big serve and backhand.


Tomljanović started her 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International which she entered as a wildcard entry. In the first round, she scored the biggest win of her career, defeating former world number one Jelena Janković in straight sets after saving several set points in the first set, before losing to Elina Svitolina in the second round.[10]

At the Australian Open, Tomljanović won her first round match (and first match as an Australian-listed player) by defeating Shelby Rogers in three sets. She then lost to Varvara Lepchenko in the second round in straight sets.[11]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. 15 February 2015 PTT Thailand Open, Pattaya, Thailand Hard Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6-3, 3-6, 4-6

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

Top 10 wins per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1. Poland Agnieszka Radwanska No. 3 French Open, Paris, France Clay 3rd Round 6–4, 6–4


  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
  10. ^ Ajla Tomljanovic shows true Aussie spirit in Brisbane win, Coffs Coast Advocate, 4 January 2015
  11. ^ Gleeson, Michael (21 January 2015). "Australian Open 2015: Ajla Tomljanovic the 11th local to enter second round". The Age. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 

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