Ajla Tomljanovic rages among tennis officials about rankings

Ajla Tomljanovic is seen on the left at a press conference and on the right during her quarterfinal match at the US Open.

Ajla Tomljanovic has taken a potshot at tennis officials after career-best finishes at Wimbledon and the US Open failed to reflect in her world rankings. Images: Getty Images

Ajla Tomljanovic started a broadside at the ATP and WTA after her Quarterfinal loss to Ons Jabeur at the US Opensaying that decisions made earlier in the year have affected their ranking.

It was a heartbreaking exit for world No. 46who had an opportunity in the second to force a third set serve at 3-5 before Jabeur charged back.

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The world No. 5 took full advantage of Tomljanovic’s mistake on serve, with the Aussie’s chances marred by two double faults on serve for the set of 11 overall for the game.

There was some speculation that the 29-year-old was slightly injured with a leg injury, with commentators noting that her left leg was heavily buckled.

In the end, Jabeur was only just ahead of the Australian star and won 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 4).

While it was a disappointing exit for Tomljanovic, she achieved her career-best Grand Slam finish after also reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, where she lost to Elena Rybakina.

On the hunt for a top 32 spot to win automatic seeding for the Australian Open, it’s very likely that Tomljanovic will need more good results in other tournaments outside of Grand Slams to move up the rankings .

However, the decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points over the ban on Russian and Belarusian players has left Tomljanovic feeling hurt as her All England Club degree would likely have helped her break the top-32 barrier .

“It feels like a (Grand Slam) quarterfinals because the other doesn’t count, so it’s like I’m in a shitty position right now,” Tomljanovic said.

“I’m still struggling to get in the top 30 and I mean I don’t even know what I’m going to play next. I don’t even know what to play.

“All I know is that I’m not the player who goes for points. My body is not ready to fly tomorrow and play on Monday. I don’t even know if I can do that. I don’t know if I want to do this.

“But at the same time, I want to be in that group of players where I deserve to be.

“I’m really frustrated with it right now – but I’m pissed that I’m frustrated with it because it’s out of my control.

“But it’s still very frustrating.”

Ajla Tomljanovic’s impressive US Open run comes to an end

After reaching the quarter-finals in consecutive years at Wimbledon, Tomljanovic was aiming to become the first Australian to reach the semi-finals in New York since Sam Stosur a decade ago.

But it wasn’t to be, as Jabeur kept her nerve under the pressure to seal the match in the second set tiebreaker despite hitting just 40 percent of her first serves.

The wily Tunisian’s cunning diversity ultimately proved the difference as the world No. 5’s spins, slices and finely-diced overheads earned the 26-year-old a round of 16 clash with France’s Caroline Garcia.

But victory was far from easy for Jabeur as Tomljanovic withstood 29 of the Tunisian’s winners to turn the quarter-finals into a spirited struggle with another big-hearted performance.

After losing a set and a break, the writing looked on the wall for Tomljanovic.

But if Jabeur was expecting a smooth passage to the last four, she clearly hadn’t seen Tomljanovic’s two steely victories over Serena Williams and Liudmila Samsonova en route to the quarters.

Tomljanovic bravely fought his way back from a 3-1 deficit and led 5-3 in the second set.

Unfortunately, the Australian Giants-killer blinked for the first time of the entire tournament when two double faults on serve to the set threw her off balance.

Ajla Tomljanovic and Ons Jabeur embrace after their quarterfinal match at the US Open.

Ajla Tomljanovic had an opportunity to force a third set against Ons Jabeur but the world No. 5 ultimately sent her away from the US Open. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tomljanovic was mere millimeters from conjuring up two set points in the next game, only for a red-hot backhand return to be ruled out on a ‘close call’.

Undeterred, Tomljanovic didn’t want to leave, her resilience drove Jabeur crazy.

The fifth seed threw their racquet in frustration for back-to-back points as Tomljanovic held at 6-5, then grabbed a mini-break in the tiebreak.

But another early double fault turned Tomljanovic cruel as Jabeur prevailed after an hour and 41 minutes.

“I knew physically it was going to be a tough game,” said Jabeur.

“Even emotionally it was difficult to deal with frustrations because when you have breaks you want to finish.

“But she keeps fighting and making it difficult for me.

“I’m just trying to do my job here and I hope to inspire more and more generations from Africa. It really means a lot to me.”

With AAP

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