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Sport Ajla Tomljanovic aims to push higher in 2020

11:15  16 january  2020
11:15  16 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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  Brisbane curse continues as Tomljanovic joins Barty in early departure Ajla Tomljanovic pushed hard against second seed Karolina Pliskova but would join Ash Barty in an early exit from the main draw at the Brisbane International.When there was a men's draw at the Brisbane International, the results were memorable. Nick Kyrgios won it in 2018 and his current ATP Cup skipper, Lleyton Hewitt, took it out four years earlier.

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ADELAIDE, Australia - Australian star Ajla Tomljanovic gave home fans something to cheer for as main draw play commenced at the Adelaide International, dispatching Kazakh qualifier Yulia Putintseva, 7-6(4), 6-2 to reach the second round as reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep awaits.

Ajla Tomljanovic's win over Maria Sharapova at the Kooyong Classic is hopefully a sign of things to come, according to Australia's No.2 female player.

a woman hitting a ball with a racket: Ajla Tomljanovic beat Maria Sharapova at Kooyong on Thursday.© AAP Ajla Tomljanovic beat Maria Sharapova at Kooyong on Thursday. Tomljanovic defeated the five-time grand slam winner 6-1, 1-6 (11-9) at the warm-up event for the Australian Open on Thursday, her first in three attempts, and said she was happy to get some more competitive practice in before the first grand slam of 2020.

"Any match you can get on this kind of stage where it is not a practice court is really great, in front of a crowd and against such a good competitor like Maria doesn't feel like an exhibition so it's a pretty good preparation for me," Tomljanovic said.

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Ajla Tomljanovic gave home fans something to cheer for as the home favorite dispatching Kazakh qualifier Yulia Putintseva to reach the second round in Adelaide.

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The 26-year-old hit a career-high ranking of world No.39 in 2019 before finishing the season ranked No.52, where she currently sits.

Her year included a debut match at the Fed Cup in Australia's loss in the final after clearing eligibility issues that hampered her representing Australia.

In 2020 her focus is on improving more and closing the gap between her and No.1 ranked Australian Ashleigh Barty.

"It's always to just push more and I think that I am kind of getting wiser every year and I learn something new about myself and somehow I always think I can improve even more in my game as well, which I think I have done in the off-season but there's always every week I can build," she said.

"So I just want to make a bigger push this year."

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Fiery Australian has been spotted training with Ajla Tomljanovic in Brisbane. 'I've pretty much done it all alone the last three years to get to a career high of 13. Kyrgios was pictured practising and playing around with girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic in Brisbane on Wednesday as he prepared for the

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Sharapova heads into the Australian Open aged 32 and off the back of a horror 2019 season. She only played 15 matches because of a shoulder injury and is ranked No.145 in the world.

"Ajla did a much better job of handling the [gusty] conditions today in the first [set] and I just was being a little bit more aggressive in the second and putting a little more pressure on her," Sharapova said.

In Hobart, Garbine Muguruza's Australian Open preparations hit a hurdle, with the two-time grand slam winner withdrawing from the Hobart International due to a viral illness.

The WTA tournament's second seed was scheduled to play Russian Veronika Kudermetova in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening.

"I'm really sad that I had to withdraw from the Hobart International," the 2016 French Open winner and 2017 Wimbledon champion said in a statement.

"It's such a special tournament for me and it's been great to return again this year. Thanks to all the wonderful fans and hopefully I can be back."

Ashleigh Barty survives scare to post first 2020 singles victory

  Ashleigh Barty survives scare to post first 2020 singles victory Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova put up an admirable fight against Ash Barty at the Adelaide International, but the world number one did enough.Home hope Barty benefited from a bye into the second round, but no one could accuse her opponent of allowing her an easy stroll into the last eight, the world number one eventually coming out on top 4-6 6-3 7-5 after two hours and nine minutes on court.

Tomljanovic Ajla - profile. Tomljanovic Ajla . Country: Australia. Age: 26 (7. 5. 1993). Current/ Highest rank - singles: 54. / No titles. Played matches - 2020 - singles. Doubles.

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Muguruza, who won the Hobart title six years ago, saved a match point in a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur in the second round.

The world No.34 has four days to recover before the start of the Australian Open on Monday.

In Adelaide, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka said she's primed to challenge for Ashleigh Barty's world No.1 crown after downing an elite opponent at the Adelaide International.

Sabalenka, the world No.12, outgunned second seed and world No.4 Simona Halep 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday in a quarter-final at Memorial Drive.

Sabalenka set up a semi-final against Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska, who toppled Croatian Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-3 in her last-eight encounter.

Last year, Sabalenka defeated Barty in a semi-final at the Wuhan WTA tournament in China – her third win in five matches against the Queenslander.

Asked if her win over Halep showed the tennis world she had the potential to be a world No.1, Sabalenka replied: "I knew it before".

"Of course, I'm happy with this win, especially against big fighters like Simona ... [it] feels good."

with AAP

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Ajla Tomljanovic's Australian Open dream came to an end, and it was made worse in her post-match press conference.After an impressive first week at the Australian Open, Tomljanovic's run was put to an end by two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza, but the worst moment came after the match.

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