Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic has seen a match point come and go before losing a third set tiebreaker to Czech player Katerina Siniakova. The final score was 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(4).
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Photo: NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 30: Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia during her women’s singles second round match against Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic on Day Four of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
World no. 54 Siniakova converted 2 of 4 break points in the first set compared to Tomljanovich converting 1 of 2. That saw the Czech take the first set. Tomljanovich was making too many unforced errors in the first set with 15 to 9.
The second set saw both players broken twice and it came down to a tiebreaker which the world no. 58 Australian won to take the match into a third set.
Again players had trouble holding serve with two breaks of serve for both players. It was Tomljanovic who got a key break to see her serving for the match. She had fallen behind and faced break points before working her way to the match point. The Australian hit a 110 mph serve down the T which was just reached by Siniakova, the ball floated back and then Tomljanovic dumped the ball into the net. A big opportunity lost.
Siniakova broke back and then raced away in the tiebreaker to claim the match. Tomljanovich missed her chance to advance to the third round for the first time at the US Open. Siniakova is into a third round for her third straight grand slam tournament. She also won grand slam doubles titles at the 2018 French Open and at Wimbledon.