No.6 seed Ajla Tomljanovic advanced to her fourth career WTA final with a straight-sets victory over Tamara Zidansek in the semifinals of the Toyota Thailand Open presented by E@.
WTA Staff
February 2, 2019

HUA HIN, Thaliand - No.6 seed Ajla Tomljanovic cruised into her fourth career WTA singles final at the Toyota Thailand Open presented by E@ on Saturday by defeating unseeded Tamara Zidansek, 6-4, 6-1.

Tomljanovic hadn't dropped a set all week in Thailand, and continued her strong form in the final four by dropping just five games against the Slovenian No.1.

The Aussie broke in the first game of each set and never trailed over one hour and 39 minutes, never even facing break point on serve until what proved to be the penultimate game of the match.

"I thought it was a good match from my side. It was a little bit scrappy maybe in the first set, but I managed to clean it up in the second set," Tomljanovic said after the match.

"I expected a really tough match. I played her twice last year, and it was always really tough. She gets a lot of balls back, and she's playing a more aggressive now than last year. I'm really thrilled to be in my first final of the year." 


The No.6 seed won the first four games of the second set to build some breathing room after a tight opener, in which she built an early lead and had all the answers to any challenge from Zidansek.

Tomljanovic lost just six points behind her serve overall, winning 81 percent of the points when she landed her first serve, and won four of eight break points she earned in the match. 

The Aussie is back in the finals of a WTA tournament in Thailand in Hua Hin, having reached her first WTA final in Pattaya City in 2015 where she finished runner-up to Daniela Hantuchova.

She'll nonetheless look to win her first-ever tour-level singles crown against No.8 seed Dayana Yastremska, having come up short in each of her first three trips to a WTA final - with a pair of runner-up finishes coming in 2018.

"Thailand has a special place in my heart," she said. "It was my first final, and I think I really enjoy the conditions here and the city's great. We explore new places, and...it doesn't feel like you're at a tournament.

"I'll have to play the best match out of the five here tomorrow. I'm just excited to have another opportunity to win my first title. I don't really enjoy losing in the final, so I'll have to bring my best."