Tomljanovic into last eight in California
For the second straight day, Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic has started slowly but roared home to win through at the WTA’s Stanford Classic in California.
Tomljanovic reached the quarter-finals on Wednesday, contending with heavy crowd support for seventh seed American Madison Keys in a 1-6 6-4 6-1 victory.
It came a day after she took time to warm up before rattling off 12 straight games in a first-round 3-6 6-0 6-0 triumph over Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.
“That was tough. I thought I’d be off that court in 35 minutes,” Tomljanovic said. “She played so well in the first set, I felt like I wasn’t even in it.”
Tomljanovic refocused on holding serve and eventually got herself back into it.
“I’m already considering this a great week,” Tomljanovic said. “When you go through bad stretches, you learn to appreciate wins even more.”
The Croatian-born Tomljanovic will next face either Kimiko Date-Krumm or Karolina Pliskova for a place in the semi-finals at the hardcourt tournament.
Meanwhile, American Alison Riske beat third-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4 to also reach the quarter-finals.
“I’ve had a lot of good matches against top players that have helped my confidence,” Riske said. “I wasn’t winning but I was playing good tennis.”
“I always like playing in California.
“I wish there were more tournaments here. The weather is perfect and I played here my first year on the tour and enjoyed it. I needed to change my schedule.”
Germany’s Mona Barthel topped sixth-seeded compatriot Andrea Petkovic 5-7 6-2 7-6 (7-4).
Barthel, who has lost her first round match in 12 of 17 tournaments played this year, could next play top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who makes her first appearance on Thursday night.