Ajla Tomljanovic advances to US Open quarterfinals to give Australia 38th place

Ajla Tomljanovic earned a crack at the Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur after continuing her gargantuan US Open run to give Australia a women’s and men’s quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows for the first time in almost 40 years.

Two days after the spectacular end Serena WilliamsIn his storied career, Tomljanovic ended a winning streak of 13 games and 18 sets Lyudmila Samsonova with a stubborn 7-6 (10-8) 6-1 comeback against the red-hot Russian.

As in her win against Williams, Tomljanovic once again demonstrated exceptional mental resilience, this time at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The 29-year-old fought back from a 5-2 deficit in the opening set and saved eight set points in an epic 18-minute game to level at 5-5.

After fending off her eighth set point in the tie-break to grab the set, Tomljanovic seemingly broke Samsonova’s spirit.

Tomljanovic said she probably would have panicked had she known the game’s crucial 10th game lasted nearly 20 minutes.

“I think it’s just about staying in the moment because she played well and I don’t really have time to think about it because the game is over quickly,” she said.

“I’m just trying to stay calm for as long as possible, even though I’m dying inside.”

Tomljanovic has now reached back-to-back Grand Slam quarterfinals after reaching the last eight for the second consecutive year at Wimbledon six weeks ago.

“It just feels really good to secure a win that has garnered a lot of attention,” said the Australian No. 1.

“I just felt like it was a really big 48 hours. I haven’t really felt like myself all day today.

“I don’t know, I just felt a bit exhausted. After that slow start, I just didn’t want to go out like that.

“I got up, fought really hard and then played good tennis.”

Tomljanovic, who guarantees a new career-best finish in the world top 35 after this tournament, will play Jabeur on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST) after the fifth-seeded Tunisian also defeated a Russian. Veronica Kudermetovaby the same 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 result.

Looking ahead to a first appearance in the semifinals of the Grand Slam, Tomljanovic believes it’s a bit of karma to finish in the last eight in three of the last six majors.

“It’s really beautiful. I think a lot of heartbreak that’s happened over a long time, I feel like this is a moment for me where it all moves around,” she said.

“Especially the long games I’ve lost in the past, I’m winning now.

“I think that’s why I’m calmer in those moments. Yes, it just feels good, like the work is paying off.”

With Nick Kyrgios annoying top seeded defending champion Daniel Medvedev To also reach the last eight on Sunday night, Australia have representatives in the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals in New York for the first time since Pat Cash and Wendy Turnbull in 1984.

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