Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic has made hard work of her win over Luxembourg’s world no. 132 Mandy Minella. The world no. 53 won the match 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to advance to the semifinals at the Korea Open.
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Photo: Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic made hard work of her match against Luxembourg’s world no. 132 Mandy Minella in her quarterfinal match at the Korea Open. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
The first set saw Tomljanovic well on top as she made few errors and was able to break twice to take the first set 6-2.
In the second set, Minella was able to lift her game and she was able to edge the Australian as both players had trouble holding serve with Tomljanovic making a lot of unforced errors.
The third set saw Minella jump out to a 2-0 lead before Tomljanovic came back to get her nose in front. Several times Tomljanovic was up a break, only to surrender a lead. Minella then got to 5-5 and looked likely to steal the match but it was the Australian that held her nerve to get a key break late in the set to take the win.
The final set saw Tomljanovic fight off a lot of break points as her opponent converted three from ten. Tomljanovic won four of five in the third set.
Tomljanovic awaits the winner of the match between Hsieh Su-Wei and Ekaterina Alexandrova. Alexandrova is backing up after earlier in the day defeating defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.
In the doubles, Australia’s Ellen Perez and Arina Rodionova are also into the semifinals.