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Ajla Tomljanovic roars into the last-16 at Wimbledon after beating No 13 seed Barbora Krejcikova

Ajla Tomljanovic roars in the last-16 at Wimbledon after Australian gunfights stage a gritty fight back to defeat No. 13 seed Barbora Krejcikova

  • Ajla Tomljanovic has made it to the last 16 at Wimbledon with a solid win
  • The number 44 in the world fought a brave battle for Barbora Krejcikova. defeat
  • She will likely face the daunting prospect of Iga Swiatek next week

Ajla Tomljanovic has staged a valiant battle to enter the Wimbledon last 16 for the second year in a row with a thrilling win over 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Tomljanovic defied her No. 44 ranking in the world rankings, knocking out 13th-seeded Czech 2-6 6-4 6-3 on Saturday to set up a potential fourth-round blockbuster with the world’s No. 1 Iga Swiatek .

Tomljanovic, last year’s quarter-final loser to compatriot Ash Barty, is doing an excellent job of rising as Australia’s new No. 1 after the shocking retirement of the reigning champions in March.

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The 29-year-old looked set to head for the All England Club exit gates after Krejcikova dominated the opening set, pinning Tomljanovic deep behind the baseline with inch-perfect bases and looking an easy winner.

Krejcikova entered the competition with consecutive wins for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January.

Finally freed from a nagging elbow injury, the former world No. 2 Tomljanovic made sure to hit clean from the back with delicious touches to the net, looking for answers.

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Krejcikova probably didn’t count on Tomljanovic’s real Aussie grit as the 29-year-old fought back to take the second set with a fine display of controlled aggression, taking it down the line with a backhand drive.

Tomljanovic grew in confidence and took the lone break of the deciding set in the sixth game, but kept his cool to fend off two breakpoints of his own to end the game after two hours and six minutes.

Tomljanovic’s reward is a likely shot at top-ranked Swiatek, who was chasing her 38th straight win against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet later on Saturday.

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