Williams dominated the match from the get-go, taking a 5-3 lead in the opening set. However, Tomljanović rattled off four straight games in a Herculean effort to claim the first set 7-5.
Fatigue started to kick in early on in the second set. Both Williams and Tomljanović suffered through some errors, but they each managed to bounce back with jaw-dropping plays to stay neck-and-neck. Williams went up 5-3 again, but Tomljanović made another comeback and forced a second-set tiebreaker. Williams, though, eventually broke through to win it 7-6 (4).
Tomljanović proceeded to control the third and final set with ease, taking a 5-1 lead. The sixth game saw the 29-year-old come back down 30-0 to win en route to the 6-1 finish. Williams had saved six match points in the seventh and final game before Tomljanović pulled out the victory.
Ajla Tomljanović is a tennis player born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1993. She got Australian citizenship in 2018 and is now competing for Australia.
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