"You’re the worst player on the Tour": Tomljanovic and Ostapenko set for Wimbledon rematch three years after heated clash

Sunday, 30 June 2024 at 08:20
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Alja Tomljanovic and Jelena Ostapenko will face off at Wimbledon three years after their heated 2021 clash. On that occasion, the Australian claimed a hard-fought victory 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a controversial match that ended with a memorable argument between the two.
At that time, Tomljanovic accused Ostapenko of faking an injury to slow down the match after the former French Open champion requested medical assistance while trailing 4-0 in the third set. This time, they will headline one of the first-round matches on Tuesday at SW19.

Tomljanovic and Ostapenko in Wimbledon first round

Back in 2021 Wimbledon, Tomljanovic and Ostapenko were involved in a heated argument during their third-round match. The Latvian had a streak of seven consecutive wins on grass courts and had recently won the Eastbourne International, making her the favorite against Tomljanovic.
Ostapenko was leading 6-4, 2-0 and seemed to be having a smooth day. However, she struggled to maintain her level and had evident issues with her serve, losing her last five service games consecutively, allowing Tomljanovic to claim victory 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
In the third set, Tomljanovic was already ahead 4-0 after winning six consecutive games when Ostapenko sat in her chair before serving, insisting she couldn’t continue due to an injury, and requested a medical time-out. At that moment, Tomljanovic complained to the umpire: "You know she’s lying, right? We all know.”
‘Penko’ received treatment for just over 10 minutes before the match resumed, but Tomljanovic still emerged victorious, marking her only win in a rivalry that Ostapenko leads 3-1. After the match, the former Roland Garros champion confronted her opponent at the net: “If you think I’m faking, you can go to the physio,” she said.
Tomljanovic responded, “I hope you feel better,” but Ostapenko wasn’t pleased and replied, “Your behaviour is terrible, terrible. You have zero respect.”
Tomljanovic retorted, “You’re one to talk. Honestly, you’re one to talk.”
Ostapenko: “What? You’re the worst player on the tour.”
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Alja Tomljanovic at 2022 Wimbledon
In the post-match press conference, Ostapenko insisted she had physical problems and claimed that without the injury, she would have won easily: “First of all, she cannot say anything because she knows zero about my injury. And second, it was very disrespectful from her.”
“I had a problem with my abdominal in the second set. I should have called the physio earlier, but I was just trying to forget the pain and focus on the game. I think my level today was not good after the first set because if I played at least 50 percent, I would have beaten her.”
This time, Tomljanovic and Ostapenko will face each other again on the same stage, although now in the first round. The Australian, world No. 135, reached the final of the Birmingham Open a week ago and is showing good form as she returns to the tour, while Ostapenko (No. 13) has not performed well in the grass swing, with two losses and just one win.

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