Tomljanovic beats Puig in Linz
Ajla Tomljanovic opened her WTA Linz campaign with a three-set win over Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig on Tuesday.
Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday advanced to the second round of the WTA event in Linz with a three-set win over Monica Puig.
Tomljanovic twice recovered from a break down in the second set to complete an impressive 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over the Olympic champion from Puerto Rico.
She’ll next face Romanian qualifier Mihaela Buzarnescu – who upset fourth seed Anett Kontaveit – for a place in the quarterfinals.
“I just hung in there. I know she can come up with great tennis,” Tomljanovic told wtatennis.com.
“I’ve actually played her so many times in practice because we live in the same place, so I knew at any moment, it could switch.
“When I broke at 1-2 down [in the second set], I felt I was back in it. I knew that if I just kept my level up, it would be a good match.”
Should the former world No.47 beat Buzarnescu on Wednesday, it would be her first appearance in a WTA quarterfinal since the Japan Open in September 2015.