Seoul, South Korea, 22 September 2018 |

Ajla Tomljanovic again came through a tense three-set match at the Korea Open, this time beating Hsieh Su-Wei to reach the final.

The Australian beat the sixth seed 6-4 5-7 6-4 to advance to her second final of 2018 after also doing so on clay in Rabat in May.

Tomljanovic’s two-hour, 18-minute victory over Hsieh set up a match with second seed Kiki Bertens, who brushed Maria Sakkari aside 6-4 6-2 in the other semifinal.

All four of Tomljanovic’s matches in Seoul this week have extended to three sets. And they have not been without their wobbly moments.

She led Hsieh 6-4 4-2 and served for the match at 5-4, only for last week’s Hiroshima champion to come storming back.

She also led Mandy Minella 6-4 3-1 in the quarterfinals, and trailed Alison Van Uytvanck 5-3 in the final set of their first-round match.

But each time, Tomljanovic remained calm, fought hard, and hung on.

She is projected to rise to a career-high ranking of No.44 next week, more than three years on from her previous high of 47th in February 2015.

Since then, she has slowly worked her way back from a debilitating shoulder injury that required surgery in early 2016 and which sidelined her for more than a year.

She was ranked outside the top 100 at the beginning of this year but has steadily risen after reaching those aforementioned WTA finals plus a further four quarterfinals.

In doubles action in Seoul, Ellen Perez and Arina Rodionova’s run came to an end in the semifinals.

Seeded third, the Aussies fell 6-1 6-1 to Korean pairing Ji-Hee Choi and Na-Lae Han.