Wimbledon 2022: Ajla Tomljanovic beats Alize Cornet in 3 sets, Serena-slayer Harmony Tan’s dream run ends

Ajla Tomljanovic came from a set down to beat Alize Cornet and reach the quarterfinal while Serena Williams-slayer Harmony Tan’s fairytale Wimbledon debut came to an end on Monday.

Tomljanovic downs Cornet in rollercoaster outing to reach quarter-finals at Wimmbledon (Reuters Photo)

Tomljanovic downs Cornet in rollercoaster outing to reach quarter-finals at Wimmbledon (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ajla Tomljanovic came from a set down to beat Alize Cornet
  • Tomljanovic reached back-to-back Wimbledon quarter-finals
  • Harmony was beaten 6-2, 6-3 by 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova

Ajla Tomljanovic became the first Australian woman in more than two decades to reach back-to-back Wimbledon quarter-finals while Serena Williams-slayer Harmony Tan’s fairytale Wimbledon debut came to an end on Monday.

Tomljanovic came from a set down to beat Alize Cornet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on No. 2 Court to set up a meeting with Elena Rybakina while Tan suffered a 6-2, 6-3 loss at the hands of a 20-year-old American Amanda Anisimova in the fourth round on Monday.

TAN CRASHES OUT

World number 115 Tan, who stunned 23-times Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, in a late-night epic on day two, backed up that win with two more impressive performances.

But her wily game was no match for 20th seed Anisimova, whose powerful baseline game got the job done in 74 minutes. Anisimova, the last remaining American woman in the singles, will take on 2019 champion Simona Halep next.

TOMLJANOVIC BEATS CORNET

“I didn’t really think I could do it,” said Tomljanovic, who lost to eventual champion Ash Barty in last year’s quarterfinals. She was in tears after a grueling match that lasted 2 hours, and 35 minutes.

“I can’t believe a year later I’m in the same position.”

The 32-year-old Cornet ended No. 1 Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak in the previous round. The French veteran was playing in her 62nd straight Grand Slam tournament — equaling the WTA record held by Ai Sugiyama — and 65th overall, but only reached her first major quarterfinal at the Australian Open this year. The 44th-ranked Tomljanovic will next face Kazakh 17th seed Elena Rybakina.

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