The last player to beat Serena Williams

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The end of Serena Williams’ professional career, which came with her elimination in the third round of the US Open these days in New York, coincided with the most important result obtained in the career of another Australian tennis player of Croatian descent. Tomljanovic. After defeating Williams by entering by the right in one of tennis’ most important final moments, Tomljanovic beat Russia’s Legudmila Samsonova in the next round and is now waiting to play against the Tunisian. Our Jaber Reached the final at Wimbledon – in the quarter-finals.

Getting this far, Tomljanović equaled his best Grand Slam results, the quarter-finals achieved at two recent Wimbledon tournaments. At 29, she has been living the most tangible period of her career at high levels for some time, during which she has never managed to win a title, either in singles or in doubles, if not in the ITF small circuit. He reached the highest position in the rankings last February, ascending to number 38. Now he is number 46 but after this US Open he will rise again.

“Tomljanovic, who is ranked 46th in the world rankings, has shown herself and the whole world that she has the courage and ability to win a trophy of her own. If he wins four more matches next week, that trophy will be one of the most coveted in the world of sports.” he wrote on her The New York Times After the game against Williams, he won 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 on an entire court cheered for the opponent.

Her coach is the former Italian player Alessandro Bega who had started coaching her during her relationship with Matteo Berrettini and then remained until he became her only coach. Big He said a RepublicWe worked mainly on the mental side. We had two options: pretend it was a match like any other against a great tennis player or work out all it means to play there with the whole crowd against him. We preferred to focus on this second aspect: to work on the atmosphere, on pressure, so as not to be crushed.”

A strategy that worked, Tomljanovic later explained: “From the first moment I entered the field, I didn’t look around much. I was completely immersed in my little bubbles.” It was also the first match of Arthur Ashe’s career in New York – the US Open’s main stadium – that he had never been able to train for before.

On Monday morning, Tomljanovic also managed to beat Samsonova, number 35 in the world, by two sets to zero with a 7-6, 6-1 finish at the end. Often unpredictable game It lasted about two hours. With this latest victory, Tomljanovi can already be confident of reaching at least 35th place in the world rankings at the end of the tournament, the highest of his career. The quarter-final matches against Jaber are now scheduled for Tuesday at around 6pm (Italian time), again at Arthur Ashe.

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