World No. 47 Ajla Tomljanovic couldn't hide her happiness after managing to stay calm in key moments and to pick up a shock win over former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza. Tomljanovic, a former world No. 39, produced a good performance on Saturday at the Indian Wells Masters as she beat Muguruza 6-3 1-6 6-3 to advance to the third round.
"I get really happy when I get into these moments where I get nervous and I manage to stay calm and focus on just what's on the task," Tomljanovic said, per WTA Insider.. "Even when I have in the past missed my chances or had really tough losses against the top players, you're like, 'Well, okay, I'm going to learn from it'
But the next time you're in the same position, it's never really the same. It's always a new moment. But you can take the lessons before and apply it. The fact that it's always new, in that moment you have a problem to solve."
Tomljanovic recovered from a bad second set
Tomljanovic blew an early first-set break but then broke Muguruza in the fifth and ninth game to win the opener. Muguruza responded by breaking Tomljanovic three times in the second set to force a decider.
After losing the second set, Tomljanovic started the third set with a break. Tomljanovic got broken back in the sixth game but she then broke Muguruza in the seventh and ninth game to seal the win. "I'm just happy that I kind of took everything I could from all the losses before and just did kind of my best to react in a way that will benefit me," Tomljanovic noted.
"I knew that I could have, again, lost, putting myself in good situations. But I'm going out there knowing that I'm capable and that I can come up with the goods when it matters."