Ajla Tomljanović

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Ajla Tomljanović
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Tomljanović in the 2015 Wimbledon
Country (sports)  Croatia (2009–present; until 2014 for Grand Slam)
 Australia (2014—present; Grand Slam only)
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Born (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 23)
Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro December 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 1,362,230
Singles
Career record 204-144
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking 47 (23 February 2015)
Current ranking 594 (23 March 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014, 2015)
French Open 4R (2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2015)
US Open 2R (2013)
Doubles
Career record 57-53
Career titles 0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking 48 (20 October 2014)
Current ranking 113 (28 March 2016)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2014)
French Open 1R (2014, 2015)
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
US Open 3R (2014)
Last updated on: 8 February 2016.

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

Tomljanović has won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 23 Feb 2015, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 47. On 20 October 2014, she peaked at world No. 48 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 Croatia at all non-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 (winner of 1992 and 1993 handball European Cup) and Bosniak mother Emina.[2] She was born and raised in Zagreb.[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 six and is coached by Fernando Martínez and Rene Gomez.[2] As of July 2015, Ajla Tomljanovic is in a relationship with fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios.[citation needed] She resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[4]

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 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.[5] 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.[5][6] 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, Kateřina Kramperová and Ana Savić. At the ITF event in Zagreb, she lost to Tereza Hladíková in the first round.[5] On 10 May 2009 in Zagreb, Tomljanović won her first ITF doubles title, partnering with Croatian fellow Petra Martić.[5][7] Tomljanović missed most of 2012 due to mononucleosis.[8]

2014: Top 50 breakthrough[edit]

During the preseason, Tomljanović began working with coach David Taylor, former Australian Fed Cup captain, who had just parted company with Sam Stosur.[9]

Tomljanović started her 2014 year at the 2014 Shenzhen Open. She lost in the 1st round to 8th seed Annika Beck. Tomljanović then played as a wildcard at the 2014 Apia International Sydney. She beat former World No. 5 Daniela Hantuchová in the 1st round. She then lost in the 2nd round to Madison Keys. At the 2014 Australian Open, Tomljanović beat Tadeja Majerič in the 1st round. In the 2nd round, she lost to 13th seed Sloane Stephens.

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. At the 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Tomljanović reached the quarterfinals by beating 4th seed Magdaléna Rybáriková and qualifier Victoria Duval (both in straight sets) but lost to 8th seed Shuai Zhang. At the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, she beat Lourdes Domínguez Lino in the 1st round but lost in the 2nd round to Sloane Stephens. Tomljanović reached the 3rd round at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis by defeating Kristina Mladenovic and 30th seed Garbiñe Muguruza but she ended up losing to American Varvara Lepchenko.

At the 2014 Family Circle Cup, Tomljanović upset last year semifinalist Stefanie Vögele in the first round. In the 2nd round,Tomljanović got revenge on 16th seed Shuai Zhang. In the 3rd round, she lost to 2nd seed Jelena Janković . 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 lost to Alisa Kleybanova..

2015: 1st WTA Final[edit]

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] She next played at the 2015 Hobart International but lost in the first round to Karin Knapp.

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]

Following this Tomljanović played at the 2015 PTT Thailand Open where she reached her first WTA tour final after defeating Elizaveta Kulichkova, Jarmila Gajdošová, Evgeniya Rodina and Mónica Puig. She lost in the final to former world number 5 Daniela Hantuchová in 3 sets. As a result of her performance she rose to World Number 49. She then had first round losses in Acapulco to Magdaléna Rybáriková, Indian Wells to Irina Falconi and in Miami to Kurumi Nara.

Tomljanović began her clay court season in Charleston where she defeated Alexandra Dulgheru before losing to Andreea Mitu. She then played in Bogotá where she lost in the first round to Alexandra Panova. She had better success in Madrid where she defeated Belinda Bencic before losing to Victoria Azarenka. She then attempted to qualify in Rome but lost to Misaki Doi. At 2015 Wimbledon, Tomljanović defeated Klara Koukalova in the first round, but lost to 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in round 2. In August, Tomljanović made the quarter final of the Sanford Classic, before losing in round 1 of the US Open to Karin Knapp. Tomljanović finished the season in Asia with her best performance being a semi final in Japan. She ended 2015 with a ranking of 66.

2016: Shoulder injury[edit]

Tomljanović commenced the season at the 2016 Brisbane International, where she lost in round 1. At the 2016 Australian Open, she lost in round 1 to Kateryna Bondarenko. In February 2016, Tomljanović underwent shoulder surgery, side-lining her for the rest of the season. [12]

2017: return to play[edit]

Tomljanović returned to competitive play at the Mexican Open in February 2017, beating Eugenie Bouchard in what was her first match in 13 months. [13]

Apparel and equipment[edit]

Tomljanović wears Nike clothing and uses Wilson racquets.

WTA career finals[edit]

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

Legend
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(4–7), 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 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(2–7)
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

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 SR W–L
Australian Open A Q2 A A 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 3 2–3
French Open Q1 Q1 Q1 Q1 4R 2R A 0 / 2 4–2
Wimbledon Q3 Q1 Q1 1R 1R 2R A 0 / 3 1–3
US Open Q2 Q2 A 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 3 1–3
Total 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 4–4 3–4 0–1 0-0 0 / 11 8–11

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 SR W–L
Australian Open QF 2R 0 / 2 4–2
French Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2
US Open 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Total 5–4 3–3 0 / 7 8–7

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

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 Ajla Tomljanović[dead link] at the International Tennis Federation Junior Profile
  4. ^ "Ajla Tomljanović", WTA web page.
  5. ^ a b c d Ajla Tomljanović – Activity at the International Tennis Federation
  6. ^ Ajla Tomljanović at coretennis.com
  7. ^ Sony Ericsson WTA Tour | Players | Stats | Ajla Tomljanović
  8. ^ Chalk, Dan (8 February 2013). "Top seed survives in three-set thriller at DCTC". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Radio Roland Garros commentary by Australian tennis journalist Craig Gabriel on 25 May 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. 
  12. ^ "TOMLJANOVIC REHABBING AFTER SHOULDER SURGERY". Tennis Australia. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "KYRGIOS, TOMIC SET FOR ACAPULCO CLASH". Tennis Australia. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

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