Ajla Tomljanović

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Ajla Tomljanović
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Tomljanović at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports)  Croatia (2009–2017)
 Australia (2014–present)
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Born (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 25)
Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro December 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$1,777,387
Singles
Career record 251–175 (58.92%)
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 44 (24 September 2018)
Current ranking No. 44 (24 September 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014, 2015)
French Open 4R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2015)
US Open 2R (2013, 2017, 2018)
Doubles
Career record 59–59
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 47 (5 January 2015)
Current ranking No. 280 (28 May 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2014)
French Open 2R (2017)
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
US Open 3R (2014, 2018)
Last updated on: 28 May 2018.

Ajla Tomljanović (/ˈlə təmˈjɑːnəvɪ/ EYE-lə təm-YAH-nə-vitch;[1] Croatian: [âjla tomʎǎːnoʋitɕ];[2] born 7 May 1993) is a Croatian-born Australian professional tennis player.

Tomljanović has won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 24 September 2018, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 44. On 5 January 2015, she peaked at world No. 47 in the doubles rankings. She was an accomplished junior player, having won the 2009 Australian Open Girls' Doubles title with Christina McHale. She reached her combined career high junior ranking of world number 4 on 30 March 2009.

Tomljanović began competing for Australia at the 2014 US Open, after having obtained permanent residency in Australia. For the next four years she was required to represent Croatia at all non-Grand Slam events,[3] until she was granted Australian citizenship in January 2018, allowing her to represent the country at all events on the WTA Tour.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tomljanović was born on 7 May 1993 to Croatian father Ratko (winner of the 1992 and 1993 handball European Cup) and Bosniak mother Emina.[5] She was born and raised in Zagreb.[5][6] Her elder sister, Hana, played tennis for University of Virginia.[5] Tomljanović is a fan of basketball.[5][6] She began playing tennis aged six and is coached by Fernando Martínez and Rene Gomez.[5] As of July 2015, Ajla Tomljanovic has been in a relationship with fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios.[7] She resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[8] She became an Australian citizen in January 2018.[4]

Tennis career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Tomljanović won the 2009 Australian Open Girls' Doubles title with Christina McHale defeating Aleksandra Krunić/Sandra Zaniewska in the final 6–1, 2–6, [10–4].[9]

Professional career[edit]

Tomljanović played her first professional ITF Circuit event in October 2008 in Mexico City, Mexico, and lost to Estefanía Craciún in the semifinals. She then qualified for another ITF event in Mexico City, but lost to Karolina Kosińska in the second round.[10] In January 2009 Tomljanović qualified for the ITF event in Boca Raton, Florida, where she lost to Heidi El Tabakh 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.[10][11] Tomljanović then made a chain of three consecutive losses in the second rounds, at the ITF tournaments in Redding, California, Osprey, Florida, and Makarska, Croatia, losing to, respectively Rika Fujiwara, Kateřina Kramperová and Ana Savić. At the ITF event in Zagreb, she lost to Tereza Hladíková in the first round.[10] On 10 May 2009 in Zagreb, Tomljanović won her first ITF doubles title, partnering with Croatian fellow Petra Martić.[10][12] Tomljanović missed most of 2012 due to mononucleosis.[13]

2014: Top 50 breakthrough[edit]

Tomljanović at the 2014 Australian Open

During the preseason, Tomljanović began working with coach David Taylor, former Australian Fed Cup captain, who had just parted company with Sam Stosur.[14]

Tomljanović started the year at the 2014 Shenzhen Open. She lost in the 1st round to 8th seed Annika Beck 6-3, 6-4.[15] Tomljanović then played as a wildcard at the 2014 Apia International Sydney. She beat former World No. 5 Daniela Hantuchová in the 1st round 6-4, 7-5.[16] She then was defeated in the 2nd round by Madison Keys 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(3). Ranked 67 at the 2014 Australian Open, Tomljanović defeated Tadeja Majerič in the 1st round 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-4.[17] In the 2nd round, she lost to 13th seed Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.[18]

After the Australian Open, Tomljanović played at the 2014 PTT Pattaya Open where she lost in the 1st round to qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva 6-4, 7-5.[19] At the 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Tomljanović reached the quarterfinals by beating 4th seed Magdaléna Rybáriková and qualifier Victoria Duval. However, she lost in the quarterfinals to 8th seed Shuai Zhang 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.[20] At the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the 2nd round to 17th seed Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-0.[21] Tomljanović reached the 3rd round at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis by defeating Kristina Mladenovic 7-6(4), 6-4 and 30th seed Garbiñe Muguruza 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-1. She ended up not passing the 3rd round since she lost to American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(2).[22]

Tomljanović started her clay court season at the 2014 Family Circle Cup. In the 1st round, she upset last year semifinalist Stefanie Vögele 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5.[23] In the 2nd round, Tomljanović got revenge on 16th seed Shuai Zhang 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3.[24] In the 3rd round, she lost to 2nd seed Jelena Janković 7-5, 6-1.[25] After Charleston, Tomljanović played qualifying at the 2014 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where she was the 3rd seed. She successfully qualified by beating German Carina Witthöft, Sachia Vickery, and German 5th seed Mona Barthel. In the 1st round, Tomljanović was defeated by Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 6-4.[26] Seeded 13th for qualifying at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open, Tomljanović lost in the 1st round of qualifying to Katarzyna Piter 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3). Seeded 15th for qualifying at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, she was defeated in the 2nd round of qualifying by Chanelle Scheepers 6-2, 6-0. Playing in her final tournament before the French Open at the 2014 Internationaux de Strasbourg, Tomljanović lost in the 2nd round to Zarina Diyas 6-4, 7-6(4). Ranked 72 at the 2014 French Open, Tomljanović got her tournament run to a great start by upsetting 2010 French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone in the 1st round 6-3, 6-3.[27] In the 2nd round, she upset 32nd seed Elena Vesnina 7-6(6), 6-2.[28] In the 3rd round, she stunned 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the 4th round of the French Open for the 1st time in her career.[29] Her run came to an end when she lost in the 4th round to 14th seed Carla Suárez Navarro 6-3, 6-3.[30] Nevertheless, this was her best showing at the French Open. Her ranking also improved from 72 to 51.

Tomljanović started her grass court season at the 2014 Aegon Classic. She lost in the 1st round to Mona Barthel 6-1, 6-4.[31] Seeded 3rd for qualifying at the 2014 Aegon International, she lost in the final round of qualifying to 7th seed Francesca Schiavone 6-7(2), 6-0, 7-6(2).[32] Ranked 53 at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Tomljanović was defeated in the 1st round by Heather Watson 6-3, 6-2.[33]

Playing at the 2014 Gastein Ladies, Tomljanović retired in her 1st round match trailing 6-3, 3-0 to qualifier Ana Bogdan.[34]

Tomljanović began her US Open series at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic. She was defeated in the 1st round by 8th seed Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-4.[35] Receiving a wildcard to play in the main draw at the 2014 Rogers Cup, she lost in the 1st round to qualifier Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-6(5).[36] Seeded 11th for qualifying at the 2014 Western & Southern Open, Tomljanović lost in the 1st round of qualifying to Julia Görges 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. Ranked 55 at the 2014 US Open, she was defeated in the 1st round by 15th seed Carla Suárez Navarro 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.[37]

Seeded 2nd at the 2014 Coupe Banque Nationale, Tomljanović lost in the 2nd round to Andrea Hlaváčková 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.[38] Seeded 15th for qualifying at the 1st edition of the 2014 Wuhan Open, she lost in the 1st round of qualifying to Donna Vekić 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4. Seeded 9th for qualifying at the 2014 China Open, Tomljanović lost in the final round of qualifying to 4th seed Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 6-1. Seeded 8th at the 1st edition of the 2014 Tianjin Open, Tomljanović reached the quarterfinals defeating qualifier Nadiia Kichenok 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 and Duan Yingying 6-4, 6-4. In the quarterfinals, she lost to 2nd seed Peng Shuai 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5.[39] Tomljanović played her final tournament of the year at the 2014 Kremlin Cup. She defeated Alexandra Panova in the 1st round 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.[40] In the 2nd round, she was defeated by 4th seed Lucie Šafářová 7-6(4), 6-2.[41]

Tomljanović ended the season ranked 63.

2015: 1st WTA Final[edit]

Tomljanović at the 2015 French Open

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 and 6th seed Jelena Janković in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-0.[42] She saved two set points in the 1st set tiebreak on her way to her 1st round victory. In the 2nd round, she lost to Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2.[43] At the 2015 Hobart International, she was defeated in the 1st round by Karin Knapp 7-5, 6-2.[44] Ranked 67 at the 2015 Australian Open, Tomljanović won her 1st round match (and first match as an Australian-listed player) by defeating Shelby Rogers in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.[45] She then lost to 30th seed Varvara Lepchenko in the 2nd round 6-1, 7-6(1).[46]

Following the Australian Open, Tomljanović played at the 2015 PTT Thailand Open. She reached her 1st WTA tour final after defeating qualifier Elizaveta Kulichkova, 6th seed Jarmila Gajdošová, Evgeniya Rodina and 7th seed Monica Puig. She lost in the final to former world number 5 Daniela Hantuchová 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.[47] As a result of her performance she rose to World Number 49. Seeded 10th at the 2015 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Tomljanović lost in the 1st round to Magdaléna Rybáriková 6-3, 6-4.[48] At the 2015 BNP Paribas Open, she was defeated in the 1st round by American wildcard Irina Falconi 7-6(6), 6-4.[49] Playing at the 2015 Miami Open, Tomljanović lost in the 1st round to Kurumi Nara 6-4, 6-3.[50]

Tomljanović began her clay court season at the 2015 Family Circle Cup where she defeated Alexandra Dulgheru in the 1st round 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4.[51] She lost in the 2nd round to Andreea Mitu 6-2, 6-2.[52] She then played at the 2015 Copa Colsanitas. Seeded 3rd, Tomljanović lost in the first round to Alexandra Panova 6-4, 6-1.[53] She had better success at the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open. She defeated Belinda Bencic in the 1st round 6-4, 6-3.[54] However, Tomljanović lost in the 2nd round to Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-3.[55] She then attempted to qualify at the 2015 Internazionali BNL d'Italia but lost in the final round of qualifying to Misaki Doi 6-3, 6-4. Tomljanović played her final tournament before the French Open at the 2015 Internationaux de Strasbourg. She reached the quarterfinals beating 7th seed Madison Brengle and Shelby Rogers. She was defeated in the quarterfinals by 3rd seed and eventual champion Sam Stosur 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.[56] Ranked 58 at the 2015 French Open, she beat compatriot Casey Dellacqua in the 1st round 6-2, 6-2.[57] In the 2nd round, she was defeated by 11th seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-2.[58]

Tomljanović began her grass court season at the 1st edition of the 2015 Aegon Open Nottingham. As the 8th seed, she got beat in the 1st round by Lauren Davis 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5.[59] At the 2015 Aegon Classic, she lost in the 1st round to British wildcard Naomi Broady 6-3, 6-4.[60] Tomljanović lost in the 2nd round of qualifying at the 2015 Aegon International to 16th seed Irina Falconi 7-6(5), 6-3. Ranked 81 at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, Tomljanović defeated Klára Koukalová in the 1st round 6-3, 6-4.[61] In the 2nd round, she lost to 13th seed and 2012 Wimbledon Finalist Agnieszka Radwańska 6-0, 6-2.[62]

After Wimbledon, Tomljanović competed at the 2015 Brasil Tennis Cup. As the 2nd seed, she was defeated in the 2nd round by Tereza Martincová 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.[63]

Tomljanović started the US Open Series at the 2015 Bank of the West Classic. She advanced to the quarterfinals defeating Vitalia Diatchenko 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 and 7th seed Madison Keys 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, she lost to 4th seed and eventual finalist Karolína Plíšková 6-2, 6-4.[64] Seeded 12th for qualifying at the 2015 Rogers Cup, Tomljanović lost in the final round of qualifying to 17th seed Irina Falconi 6-1, 6-2.[65] Ranked 63 at the 2015 US Open, Tomljanović lost in the 1st round to Karin Knapp 6-7(1), 6-2, 6-4.[66]

Seeded 7th at the 2015 Japan Women's Open, Tomljanović reached the semifinals defeating Tímea Babos, Japanese wildcard Kimiko Date-Krumm, and 3rd seed Madison Brengle. She lost in the semifinals to Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 6-2.[67] At the 2015 Korea Open, she lost in the 1st round to wildcard Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-2.[68] Seeded 3rd for qualifying at the 2015 Wuhan Open, Tomljanović qualified beating Francesca Schiavone and 14th seed Tímea Babos. In the 1st round, she was defeated by 11th seed Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5.[69] Tomljanović played her final tournament of the year at the 2015 China Open. Seeded 2nd in qualifying, she retired in her final round of qualifying match against 13th seed Yulia Putintseva.

Tomljanović ended the year ranked 66.

2016: Shoulder injury[edit]

Tomljanović started the season at the 2016 Brisbane International. Receiving a wildcard entry into the main draw, she lost in the 1st round easily to 6th seed Carla Suárez Navarro 6-1, 6-2.[70] Ranked 67 at the 2016 Australian Open, she lost in round 1 to Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6(2), 6-3.[71]

In February 2016, Tomljanović underwent shoulder surgery, side-lining her for the rest of the season.[72]

Tomljanović ended the season ranked 930.

2017: Return from shoulder injury[edit]

Tomljanović returned to competitive play in February at the 2017 Abierto Mexicano Telcel. She won her 1st match since her return by upsetting 6th seed Eugenie Bouchard in the 1st round 7-6(4), 6-1.[73] In the 2nd round, Tomljanović retired after losing the 1st set 7-5 to Kirsten Flipkens due to a right shoulder injury.[74] Ranked 664 at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the 1st round to Julia Görges 7-5, 6-2.[75] Playing as a wildcard at the 2017 Miami Open, Tomljanović had her 2nd win of the season defeating Lucky Loser Magda Linette in the 1st round 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.[76] In the 2nd round, she stunned 13th seed and last week winner at Indian Wells Elena Vesnina 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.[77] In the 3rd round, she lost to Lucie Šafářová 6-1, 6-3.[78] As a wildcard at the 2017 Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, Tomljanović lost in the 1st round to American wildcard Victoria Duval 7-6(0), 2-6, 6-3.[79]

Competing as a wildcard at the 2017 Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic, Tomljanović advanced to the semifinals where she lost to Caroline Dolehide 6-1, 7-6(7).[80] At the 2017 LTP Charleston Pro Tennis, Tomljanović retired after losing the 1st set 6-4 to top seed Madison Brengle due to a hip injury.[81] Tomljanović competed in her final tournament before the French Open at the 2017 Nürnberger Versicherungscup. She lost in the 1st round to Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.[82] Ranked 311 at the 2017 French Open, she was defeated in the 1st round by 18th seed and last year semifinalist Kiki Bertens 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.[83]

Receiving a wildcard to play at the 2017 Bol Open, Tomljanović lost in the 1st round to 8th seed Maria Sakkari 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.[84]

At the 2017 Bank of the West Classic, Tomljanović retired in her 1st round match after losing the 1st set 6-2 to 6th seed Coco Vandeweghe due to a shoulder injury.[85]

Tomljanović started her 2017 US Open campaign with a 1st round win over Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-4.[86] She lost in the 2nd round to Aleksandra Krunić 6-3, 6-2.[87]

Tomljanović ended the season ranked 151.

2018: Australian citizen[edit]

Tomljanović commenced the season at the Brisbane International defeating Destanee Aiava but lost in the second round to Johanna Konta. Tomljanović lost in the first round of the 2018 Australian Open to Lucie Šafářová before reaching consecutive semi-finals on the WTA 125K series at Newport Beach and Indian Wells.

Tomljanović reached the final in Rabat, where she lost to Elise Mertens.[88] At the French Open, Tomljanović lost to the fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the first round, losing a 5-1 lead in the first set.[89]

At the US Open, Tomljanović lost in the second round to Katerina Siniakova despite having a match point.[90] Shortly after the US Open, she put together a good stretch of form to reach the final in Seoul, which she lost in three sets to Kiki Bertens.[91]

Apparel and equipment[edit]

Tomljanović wears Nike clothing and uses Wilson racquets.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (3 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2015 Thailand Open, Thailand International Hard Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 May 2018 Morocco Open, Morocco International Clay Belgium Elise Mertens 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 0–3 Sep 2018 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard Netherlands Kiki Bertens 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 2–6

Career statistics[edit]

ITF Circuit singles finals (4–10)[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(4–7), 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(4–7)
Winner 5. 13 March 2011 Clearwater, United States Hard Kazakhstan Sesil Karatantcheva 7–6(7–3), 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 Innisbrook, 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(2–7)
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
Runner-up 12. 30 July 2017 Sacramento, United States Hard United States Amanda Anisimova Walkover
Runner-up 13. 12 November 2017 Waco, United States Hard United States Taylor Townsend 3–6, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 14. 15 December 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Switzerland Belinda Bencic 4-6, 0-0 ret.

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(4–7), [10–5]
Runner–up 2. 3 October 2011 Kansas City, United States Hard United States Jamie Hampton Croatia Maria Abramović
Czech Republic Eva Hrdinová
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]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Australian Open A Q2 A A 2R 2R 1R A 1R 0 / 4 2–4
French Open Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 4R 2R A 1R 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Wimbledon Q3 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 2R A A 1R 0 / 4 1–4
US Open Q2 Q2 A 2R 1R 1R A 2R 2R 0 / 5 3–5
Total 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 4–4 3–4 0–1 1–2 1–4 0 / 17 10–17

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Australian Open QF 2R 2R A 0 / 3 5–3
French Open 1R 1R A 2R 0 / 3 1–3
Wimbledon 1R 3R A A 0 / 2 2–2
US Open 3R 1R A 1R 0 / 3 2–3
Total 5–4 3–4 1–1 1–2 0 / 11 10–11

Top 10 wins per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
2014
1. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 3 French Open, Paris, France Clay 3rd Round 6–4, 6–4

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