Torrid injury woes for Tomljanovic with US Open withdrawal, Rybakina moves into third round

Ajla Tomljanovic once again falls victim to injuries and withdraws from the US Open as Elena Rybakina advances to the third round.

The Australian tennis player continues to struggle with injuries. The past year has been challenging for Tomljanovic, as she hasn't competed at all in 2023, with her last tournament being in October 2022 at the Guadalajara Open.

In Flushing Meadows, she entered her first tournament, this time as the world No. 127, and secured an impressive victory against Hungarian player Panna Udvardy with a score of 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. In the second round, Tomljanovic was set to face a tougher challenge against the 4th seed Elena Rybakina.

However, the Australian recently withdrew from the US Open, paving the way for Rybakina to advance directly to the third round.

As a result, Tomljanovic dropped to the 291st position in the WTA live rankings, since she was defending her quarterfinal appearance from last year, a run in which she eliminated Serena Williams in the legendary player's final match of her career.

Rybakina joins the list of players in the third round with less than an hour and a half on the court after defeating Marta Kostyuk in the first round with a score of 6-2, 6-1. Her next match will be against Romanian 30th seed Sorana Cirstea, who hasn't dropped a set in her previous victories over Kayla Day and Anna Kalinskaya.

Rybakina and Cirstea have faced each other twice before, with a 2-0 H2H record in favor of the Kazakh player. The former Wimbledon champion secured victories on two occasions in 2020, at the Dubai Open and the French Open. Rybakina matches her best result at the US Open by reaching the third round for the second time in her career. The last time she achieved this was in 2021 when she faced former world No. 1 Simona Halep.

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