Tennis legend hails Alja Tomjlanovic for ‘best’ win of her career against Serena Williams at US Open

Tennis legends hailed Alja Tomljanovic for “the best performance of her career” after the Australian star ended Serena Williams’ career with a dominant win at the US Open

  • Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic put on “the best performance of her career” against Williams.
  • Leader Tomljanovic has what it takes to go all the way and win the Grand Slam
  • Tomljanovic next meets world No. 35 Liudmila Samsonova on Monday

Ajla Tomljanovic has what it takes to win a Grand Slam and is in the best form of her career, say tennis legends Wally Masur and Mark Petchey after Australia’s Serena Williams retired.

The 29-year-old Australian star defeated Williams in the sport’s largest arena in front of a crowd of 23,859 – which took her into uncharted territory and sent a strong message to her opponents.

Tomljanovic, who reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon twice, won in three convincing sets, including a thrilling tie-break in the second set.

Ajla Tomljanovic in her third round win over American Serena Williams. Tomljanovic had to withstand the crowd and a furious comeback from Williams to find the win

Ajla Tomljanovic in her third round win over American Serena Williams. Tomljanovic had to withstand the crowd and a furious comeback from Williams to find the win

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, retired after the match

Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, retired after the match

Both Masur and Petchey were impressed by the level-headed performance in front of a volcanic Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“Ajla has the game for me to run well in these Grand Slams,” Masur said on Stan Sport’s Grand Slam Daily.

“She needs to feel like she belongs, like she’s part of the show. And she certainly showed that against Serena tonight and I think that’s hugely important.

“She has the game. She has the physicality. She could have played two more sets, Ajla. She’s in her prime.”

Petchey explained that Tomljanovic looked in the best form of his career against the tall American.

Ajla Tomljanovic, who has reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon twice, could go all the way at the US Open, say Wally Masur and Mark Petchey

Ajla Tomljanovic, who has reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon twice, could go all the way at the US Open, say Wally Masur and Mark Petchey

“That has to be the best performance of Ajla’s career given the opportunity to play Serena and knowing that it would potentially be Serena’s last game,” he said.

“The quality of tennis that Ajla produced out there was probably the best I’ve ever seen from her. I mean, she’s obviously had two quarter-finals at Wimbledon (2021 and 2022) and now she’s knocking on the door (to win her first major).

Masur, who finished 15th of her career in men’s singles, was dazzled by Tomljanovic’s ability to stay composed in the big moments and recover in the three-hour match when needed.

“With the momentum of the crowd, it would have been very easy to let Serena run away with that second set,” he said.

Tomljanovic showed composure in front of 23,859 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium

Tomljanovic showed composure in front of 23,859 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium

“But she pushed and she pushed and she kept Serena out there and made her deserve that second set and it ultimately paid off.”

Could she make it to Flushing Meadows? Masur said that with the early elimination of top seeds, it’s entirely possible.

“I’ve always seen Ajla as a player who wants to dominate and dictate. But tonight she had to defend herself a good chunk of the time – she was very willing to do it, she did it very well, and she has the athleticism for it,” he said.

“Women’s football is pretty open, isn’t it? Excitements – they are not rare, they happen all the time. So if she’s in the right mindset and she doesn’t suffer a small disappointment after beating Serena, anything is possible.

Tomljanovic next meets world No. 35 Liudmila Samsonova for a place in the quarterfinals on Monday (AEST).

Tomljanovic next meets world No. 35 Liudmila Samsonova for a place in the quarterfinals on Monday (AEST).

Tomljanovic next meets world No. 35 Liudmila Samsonova for a place in the quarterfinals on Monday (AEST).

A win over Samsonova, a winner of two US Open preliminary tournaments, would earn Tomljaovic a quarterfinal against Tunisia’s fifth-placed Wimbledon runners-up Ons Jabeur or Veronika Kudermetova, also of Russia.

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