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)
ResidenceBrisbane, Australia
Born (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 26)
Zagreb, Croatia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned proDecember 2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$2,342,033
Singles
Career record282–197 (58.9%)
Career titles0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 39 (1 April 2019)[1]
Current rankingNo. 47 (10 June 2019)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2014, 2015)
French Open4R (2014)
Wimbledon2R (2015, 2019)
US Open2R (2013, 2017, 2018)
Doubles
Career record63–71
Career titles3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 47 (5 January 2015)
Current rankingNo. 147 (22 April 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2014)
French Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2015)
US Open3R (2014, 2018)
Last updated on: 28 April 2019.

Ajla Tomljanović (/ˈlə təmˈjɑːnəvɪ/ EYE-lə təm-YAH-nə-vitch;[2] Croatian: [âjla tomʎǎːnoʋitɕ];[3] born 7 May 1993) is a Croatian-born Australian professional tennis player.

She has won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. On 1 April 2019, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 39.[1] On 5 January 2015, she peaked at No. 47 in the doubles rankings. Tomljanović 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 No. 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,[4] until she was granted Australian citizenship in January 2018, allowing her to represent the country at all events on the WTA Tour.[5]

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.[6] She was born and raised in Zagreb.[6][7] Her elder sister Hana played tennis for University of Virginia.[6] She began playing tennis aged six and is coached by Fernando Martínez and Rene Gomez.[6] She is also a fan of basketball.[6][7] Tomljanović became an Australian citizen in January 2018.[5]

She is reported to be dating fellow tennis player, Nick Kyrgios.

Tennis career[edit]

Junior years[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].[8]

Professional career[edit]

Tomljanović played her first professional ITF Circuit event in October 2008 in Mexico City, 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.[9] In January 2009, she qualified for the ITF event in Boca Raton, Florida, where she lost to Heidi El Tabakh in the second round. Tomljanović was awarded a wild card for 2009 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, and lost to Angela Haynes.[9][10] 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.[9] On 10 May 2009 in Zagreb, Tomljanović won her first ITF doubles title, partnering with Croatian fellow Petra Martić.[9][11] Tomljanović missed most of 2012 due to mononucleosis.[12]

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 Samantha Stosur.[13]

Tomljanović started the year at the Shenzhen Open. She lost in the first round to eighth seed Annika Beck 3-6, 4-6.[14] Tomljanović then played as a wildcard at the Apia International Sydney. She beat former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchová in the first round 6-4, 7-5.[15] She then was defeated in the second round by Madison Keys 6-0, 3-6, 7-6. Ranked 67 at the Australian Open, Tomljanović defeated Tadeja Majerič in the first round 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.[16] In the second round, she lost to 13th seed Sloane Stephens 6-3, 2-6, 5-7.[17]

Tomljanović lost at the PTT Pattaya Open in the first round to qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva 4-6, 5-7.[18] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, she reached the quarterfinals by beating fourth seed Magdaléna Rybáriková and qualifier Victoria Duval. However, she lost in the quarterfinals to eighth seed Zhang Shuai 1-6, 7-5, 2-6.[19] At the BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the second round to 17th seed Sloane Stephens 4-6, 0-6.[20] Tomljanović reached the third round at the Sony Open Tennis by defeating Kristina Mladenovic 7-6, 6-4 and 30th seed Garbiñe Muguruza 3-6, 7-6, 6-1. She ended up not passing the third round since she lost to American Varvara Lepchenko 4-6, 7-6, 6-7.[21]

Tomljanović started her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup. In the first round, she upset last year semifinalist Stefanie Vögele 6-7, 6-1, 7-5.[22] In the second round, she got revenge on 16th seed Zhang Shuai 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.[23] In the third round, she lost to second seed Jelena Janković 5-7, 1-6.[24] After Charleston, Tomljanović played qualifying at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix where she was the third seed. She successfully qualified by beating Carina Witthöft, Sachia Vickery, and fifth seed Mona Barthel. In the first round, Tomljanović was defeated by Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 6-4.[25] Seeded 13th for qualifying at the Madrid Open, Tomljanović lost in the first round of qualifying to Katarzyna Piter 6-1, 5-7, 6-7. Seeded 15th for qualifying at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, she was defeated in the second round of qualifying by Chanelle Scheepers 6-2, 6-0. Playing in her final tournament before the French Open at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, Tomljanović lost in the second round to Zarina Diyas 4-6, 6-7. Ranked 72 at the French Open, Tomljanović got her tournament run to a great start by upsetting 2010 French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round 6-3, 6-3.[26] In the second round, she upset 32nd seed Elena Vesnina 7-6, 6-2.[27] Then she stunned third seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round of the French Open for the first time in her career[28], where her run came to an end when she lost to 14th seed Carla Suárez Navarro 3-6, 3-6.[29] Her best showing at the French Open improved her ranking from 72 to 51.

Tomljanović started her grass-court season at the Aegon Classic. She lost in the first round to Mona Barthel 1-6, 4-6.[30] Seeded third for qualifying at the Aegon International, she lost in the final round of qualifying to seventh seed Francesca Schiavone 7-6, 0-6, 6-7.[31] Ranked 53 at Wimbledon, Tomljanović was defeated in the first round by Heather Watson 6-3, 6-2.[32]

Playing at the Gastein Ladies, Tomljanović retired in her first-round match trailing 6-3, 3-0 to qualifier Ana Bogdan.[33]

Tomljanović began her US Open series at the Bank of the West Classic. She was defeated in the first round by eighth seed Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-4.[34] Receiving a wild card to play in the main draw at the Rogers Cup, she lost in the first round to qualifier Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-7.[35] Seeded 11th for qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, Tomljanović lost in the first round of qualifying to Julia Görges 0-6, 6-4, 4-6. Ranked 55 at the US Open, she was defeated in the first round by 15th seed Carla Suárez Navarro 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.[36]

Seeded second at the Coupe Banque Nationale, Tomljanović lost in the second round to Andrea Hlaváčková 3-6, 6-3, 3-6.[37] Seeded 15th for qualifying at the first edition of the Wuhan Open, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Donna Vekić 7-6, 2-6, 4-6. Seeded ninth for qualifying at the China Open, Tomljanović lost in the final round of qualifying to fourth seed Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 1-6. Seeded eighth at the first edition of the 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 second seed Peng Shuai 6-7, 6-2, 5-7.[38] Tomljanović played her final tournament of the year at the Kremlin Cup. She defeated Alexandra Panova in the first round 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.[39] In the second round, she was defeated by fourth seed Lucie Šafářová 7-6, 6-2.[40]

Tomljanović ended the season ranked 63.

2015: First WTA final[edit]

Tomljanović at the 2015 French Open

Tomljanović started her 2015 season at the Brisbane International which she entered as a wild-card entry. In the first round, she scored the biggest win of her career, defeating former world No. 1 and sixth seed Jelena Janković in straight sets 7-6, 6-0.[41] She saved two set points in the first set tiebreak on her way to her first-round victory. In the second round, she lost to Elina Svitolina 3-6, 2-6.[42] At the Hobart International, she was defeated in the first round by Karin Knapp 7-5, 6-2.[43] Ranked 67 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, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.[44] She then lost to 30th seed Varvara Lepchenko in the second round 1-6, 6-7.[45]

Tomljanović then played at the PTT Thailand Open. She reached her first WTA Tour final after defeating qualifier Elizaveta Kulichkova, sixth seed Jarmila Gajdošová, Evgeniya Rodina and seventh seed Monica Puig. She lost in the final to former world No. 5, Daniela Hantuchová, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6.[46] As a result of her performance she rose to world No. 49. Seeded tenth at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Tomljanović lost in the first round to Magdaléna Rybáriková 3-6, 4-6.[47] At the BNP Paribas Open, she was defeated in the first round by American wild card Irina Falconi 7-6, 6-4.[48] Playing at the Miami Open, Tomljanović lost in the first round to Kurumi Nara 4-6, 3-6.[49]

Tomljanović began her clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup where she defeated Alexandra Dulgheru in the first round 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.[50] She lost in the second round to Andreea Mitu 2-6, 2-6.[51] She then played at the Copa Colsanitas. Seeded third, Tomljanović lost in the first round to Alexandra Panova 4-6, 1-6.[52] She had better success at the Mutua Madrid Open. She defeated Belinda Bencic in the first round 6-4, 6-3.[53] However, Tomljanović lost in the second round to Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 3-6.[54] She then attempted to qualify at the 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 Internationaux de Strasbourg. She reached the quarterfinals beating seventh seed Madison Brengle and Shelby Rogers. She was defeated in the quarterfinals by third seed and eventual champion Sam Stosur 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.[55] Ranked 58 at the French Open, she beat compatriot Casey Dellacqua in the first round 6-2, 6-2.[56] In the second round, she was defeated by 11th seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-2.[57]

She began her grass-court season at the first edition of the Aegon Open Nottingham. As the eighth seed, she got beat in the first round by Lauren Davis 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.[58] At the Aegon Classic, she lost in the first round to British wild card Naomi Broady 3-6, 4-6.[59] Tomljanović lost in the second round of qualifying at the Aegon International to 16th seed Irina Falconi 6-7, 3-6. Ranked 81 at the Wimbledon Championships, Tomljanović defeated Klára Koukalová in the first round 6-3, 6-4.[60] In the second round, she lost to 13th seed and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwańska 0-6, 2-6.[61]

After Wimbledon, Tomljanović competed at the Brasil Tennis Cup. As the second seed, she was defeated in the second round by Tereza Martincová 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.[62]

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

Seeded seventh at the Japan Women's Open, Tomljanović reached the semifinals defeating Tímea Babos, wild card Kimiko Date-Krumm, and third seed Madison Brengle. She lost in the semifinals to Yanina Wickmayer 5-7, 2-6.[66] At the Korea Open, she lost in the first round to wild-card Date-Krumm 1-6, 2-6.[67] Seeded third for qualifying at the Wuhan Open, Tomljanović qualified beating Francesca Schiavone and 14th seed Tímea Babos. In the first round, she was defeated by 11th seed Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5.[68] Tomljanović played her final tournament of the year at the China Open. Seeded second in qualifying, she retired in her final qualifying match against 13th seed Yulia Putintseva, and ended the year ranked 66.

2016: Shoulder injury[edit]

Tomljanović started the season at the Brisbane International. Receiving a wild-card entry into the main draw, she lost in the first round easily to sixth seed Carla Suárez Navarro 1-6, 2-6.[69] Ranked 67 at the Australian Open, she lost in round one to Kateryna Bondarenko 6-7, 3-6.[70]

In February, Tomljanović underwent shoulder surgery, side-lining her for the rest of the season.[71] She ended the season ranked 930.

2017: Return from shoulder injury[edit]

Tomljanović returned to competitive play in February at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. She won her first match since her return by upsetting sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard in the first round 7-6, 6-1.[72] In the second round, she retired after losing the first set 5-7 to Kirsten Flipkens due to a right shoulder injury.[73] Ranked 664 at the BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the first round to Julia Görges 5-7, 2-6.[74] Playing as a wild card at the Miami Open, Tomljanović had her second win of the season defeating lucky loser Magda Linette in the first round 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.[75] Then, she stunned 13th seed and last week winner at Indian Wells Elena Vesnina 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.[76] In the third round, she lost to Lucie Šafářová 1-6, 3-6.[77] As a wildcard at the Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, Tomljanović lost in the first round to American wild card Victoria Duval 6-7, 6-2, 3-6.[78]

Competing as a wild card at the Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic, Tomljanović advanced to the semifinals where she lost to Caroline Dolehide 1-6, 6-7.[79] At the LTP Charleston Pro Tennis, Tomljanović retired after losing the first set 4-6 to top seed Madison Brengle due to a hip injury.[80] Tomljanović competed in her final tournament before the French Open at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup. She lost in the first round to Kirsten Flipkens 2-6, 6-4, 3-6.[81] Ranked 311 at the French Open, she was defeated in the first round by 18th seed and last-year semifinalist Kiki Bertens 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.[82]

Receiving a wild card to play at the Bol Open, Tomljanović lost in the first round to eighth seed Maria Sakkari 4-6, 6-4, 1-6.[83]

At the Bank of the West Classic, Tomljanović retired in her first-round match after losing the first set 2-6 to sixth seed CoCo Vandeweghe due to a shoulder injury.[84]

Tomljanović started her US Open campaign with a first-round win over Johanna Larsson, 7-5, 6-4.[85] She lost in the second round to Aleksandra Krunić 3-6, 2-6.[86]

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 Australian Open to Lucie Šafářová before reaching consecutive semifinals on the WTA 125K series at Newport Beach and Indian Wells.

Tomljanović reached the final in Rabat, where she lost to Elise Mertens.[87] 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.[88]

At the US Open, Tomljanović lost in the second round to Katerina Siniakova despite having a match point.[89] Shortly after, she put together a good stretch of form to reach the final in Seoul, which she lost in three sets to Kiki Bertens.[90]

2019[edit]

Tomljanović reached the quarterfinals in Brisbane, where she lost to the eventual champion Karolína Plíšková.[91] At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Johanna Konta.[92]

Tomljanović then played at Thailand Open, where she lost in the final to Dayana Yastremska.[93]

Tomljanović reached semifinals in Rabat, where she lost to Johanna Konta.[94]

Apparel and equipment[edit]

Tomljanović wears Nike clothing and uses Wilson racquets.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (4 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–4)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–3)
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, Pattaya City International Hard Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 May 2018 Morocco Open, Rabat International Clay Belgium Elise Mertens 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 0–3 Sep 2018 Korea Open, Seoul International Hard Netherlands Kiki Bertens 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 2–6
Loss 0–4 Feb 2019 Thailand Open, Hua Hin International Hard Ukraine Dayana Yastremska 2–6, 6–2, 6–7(3–7)

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles (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 1. 17 January 2010 Plantation, United States Clay Sweden Johanna Larsson 6–3, 6–3
Runner–up 2. 4 April 2010 Pelham, United States Clay Romania Edina Gallovits 2–6, 0–6
Runner–up 3. 16 May 2010 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 1–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2. 13 March 2011 Clearwater, United States Hard Kazakhstan Sesil Karatantcheva 7–6(7–3), 6–3
Runner–up 4. 10 April 2011 Jackson, United States Clay New Zealand Marina Erakovic 1–6, 2–6
Winner 3. 29 May 2011 Grado, Italy Clay Romania Alexandra Cadanţu 6–2, 6–4
Runner–up 5. 13 January 2013 Innisbrook, United States Clay Slovenia Tadeja Majerič 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 10 February 2013 Midland, United States Hard (i) United States Lauren Davis 3–6, 6–2, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 4. 21 April 2013 Dothan, United States Clay China Zhang Shuai 2–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 7. 13 October 2013 Macon, United States Hard Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili 2–6, 6–1, 5–7
Runner-up 8. 30 July 2017 Sacramento, United States Hard United States Amanda Anisimova w/o
Runner-up 9. 12 November 2017 Waco, United States Hard United States Taylor Townsend 3–6, 6–2, 2–6
Runner-up 10. 15 December 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Switzerland Belinda Bencic 4-6, ret.

Doubles (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 1. 9 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 2. 30 October 2011 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Hard South Africa Chanel Simmonds United States Victoria Duval
United States Alexandra Kiick
6–3, 6–1
Winner 3. 12 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 performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A Q2 A A 2R 2R 1R A 1R 1R 2–5
French Open Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 4R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 4–5
Wimbledon Q3 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 2R A A 1R 2R 2–5
US Open Q2 Q2 A 2R 1R 1R A 2R 2R 3–5
Career W-L 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 4–4 3–4 0–1 1–2 1–4 1–3 11–20

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open QF 2R 2R A 1R 1R 5–5
French Open 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 1–5
Wimbledon 1R 3R A A 1R 2R 3–4
US Open 3R 1R A 1R 3R 4–4
Career W-L 5–4 3–4 1–1 1–2 2-4 1-3 13–18

Top-10 wins per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2014
1. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 3 French Open, Paris Clay 3R 6–4, 6–4
2019
2. Belarus Aryna Sabalenka No. 9 Miami Open, United States Hard 2R 6–3, 6–4

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Girls' doubles (1–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2009 Australian Open Hard United States Christina McHale Serbia Aleksandra Krunić
Poland Sandra Zaniewska
6–1, 2–6, [10–4]

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