5 Things About The Tennis Star Who Beat Serena Williams – Hollywood Life
Serena Williams had his legion of fans in awe after winning the first two rounds of what appears to be his final US Open. Following the tennis icon’s retirement, the stands at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens were packed with hopes of witnessing a triumphant end to Serena’s career at the US Grand Slam tournament. Alas, the 40-year-old mother-of-one was knocked out in the third round 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1 by a contender Ajla Tomljanovic. Find out more about the Australian tennis star who beat Serena below!
Where is Ajla Tomljanović from?
Ajla, 29, was born in Zagreb, Croatia and obtained Australian citizenship in 2018. The reason for the move was to improve her career, as reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Respected tennis coach David Taylor and influential IMG agent Max Eisenbud hatched a plan because “elite coaches don’t come cheap, and the Croatian federation has nothing to do with the resources of a Australian system funded by a successful grand slam”. Soon Ajla was on Team Down Under.
What is Ajla’s career record?
The elite athlete has a win-loss record of 363-273. This is the first time she has reached the fourth round of the US Open. Ajla’s best Grand Slam run so far has been at Wimbledon for the past two years, where she made it to the quarter-finals.
How about her ranking and her record against Serena?
Class World No. 46 by the Women’s Tennis Association currently, Ajla had her highest ever ranking in February at No. 38. Her match against Serena on Friday was her first against the GOAT.
Ajla’s favorite artist is Rihanna
Ajla is like us! The phenomenon puts the singer of “Umbrella” Rihanna at the top of his list, according to his biography on the WTA website. She also likes hip hop, brad pitt, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and watch basketball. However, do not chew loudly around her, as she is listed as a pet peeve.
She learned a trick from Novak Djokovic
Ajla received a helpful hint from one of tennis’ best of the best, Novak Djokovic. “I remember Novak once said when they asked him a lot about it, when the crowd was against him, he just pretends it’s for him,” she revealed to NBC Sports. “When they sing, I don’t know, Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), whoever, he hears Novak, Novak, I kinda liked that response.”
She added that she also uses meditation as a benefit. “When the crowd gets involved, that’s what they can get you,” she told the outlet. “But I think if I just stay in my little bubble, have my corner where I go when I need help just for support, block it out as much as I can, I think all my meditation that I’m doing here and there, I’m going to try to meditate all day tomorrow.”