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Ajla Tomljanovic instructed Jelena Ostapenko was ‘mendacity’ about harm of their third-round conflict at Wimbledon, to which her opponent responded by labelling her ‘disrespectful’ and calling her the ‘worst participant on the tour’

Last Updated: 04/07/21 11:30am

There was an ugly end to Ajla Tomljanovic's third-round win over Jelena Ostapenko

There was an unpleasant finish to Ajla Tomljanovic’s third-round win over Jelena Ostapenko

“You know she’s lying, right?” stated Ajla Tomljanovic as opponent Jelena Ostapenko known as a medical timeout whereas trailing 4-0 within the deciding set of their third-round conflict on day six at Wimbledon. 

It prompted an unpleasant conclusion to an eventual 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory for Tomljanovic on Saturday, who was subsequently criticised for ‘horrible behaviour’ by Ostapenko of their post-match handshake on the internet.

Tomljanovic responded by saying “You’re one to talk!”, to which 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko hit again by accusing the 28-year-old of getting ‘zero respect’ earlier than labelling her ‘the worst participant on the tour’ whereas exiting the court docket.

Ostapenko in action against Tomljanovic (PA)

Ostapenko in motion towards Tomljanovic (PA)

Having recovered from falling a set down, Tomljanovic had drawn stage and was gearing as much as serve for a 5-0 lead within the third when Ostapenko requested medical consideration for an unclear harm, leading to an 11-minute pause.

It wouldn’t show expensive for Tomljanovic as she noticed out the win to arrange a fourth-round assembly with British teenager Emma Raducanu, who continued her beautiful debut on Saturday with a 6-3 7-5 win over Sorana Cirstea.

“I have been in situations where players use that medical timeout to get their opponent off, usually when they are losing badly and when the match was getting closer to the end,” stated Tomljanovic afterwards. “She can say she was injured, I don’t think she was, there was nothing wrong with her the whole match, but then why on 4-0 she calls it?

“So I feel that that is a transparent cause that she simply wished to get me off my recreation. Usually in case you are coping with an harm, at the very least that is how I am going about it, you possibly say, ‘Hey, are you able to name the physio on the following changeover?’ You do not simply go and sit down when your opponent is about to serve to go up 5-0 doubtlessly.

“Game-wise, there was nothing wrong with her, from my side. I have played her, I have played many people, I know when someone is injured and when they are not.”

Tomljanovic plays a return to Ostapenko (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Tomljanovic performs a return to Ostapenko (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Ostapenko, who not too long ago beat Anett Kontaveit within the remaining at Eastbourne, additionally revisited the incident in her post-match press convention, labelling her opponent ‘disrespectful’ on a number of events.

“First of all, she cannot say anything because she knows zero about my injury. She doesn’t know anything, first of all,” stated the Latvian.

“And second of all, in my opinion it was very, very disrespectful from her side, because every single player who is playing tennis or any other sports can get injured. So she cannot say anything unless she knows anything from the physios or from the doctor.

“It’s very, very disrespectful from her facet, as a result of she is aware of zero about what I had, my harm and all the things. Of course possibly I used to be taking part in so much since Eastbourne. Of course I had some actually good wins. I feel my stage in the present day was, like, not good after the primary set, as a result of if I performed at the very least 50 per cent I’d have overwhelmed her.”

Tomljanovic meanwhile deemed Ostapenko’s comments as ‘disgraceful behaviour’ and ‘laughable’, noting her desire to see a change to the rules when it came to similar incidents.

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