Ajla Tomljanovic opens up on negativity that affected her in her career



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Ajla Tomljanovic opens up on negativity that affected her in her career

Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic admitted she was once putting too much pressure on herself and it was negatively impacting her. Tomljanovic, 28, won her first WTA main draw match in 2010 at the age of 16. Tomljanovic was tipped to have a great career and she felt the pressure from the beginning to do major things.

"Sometimes it's hard to accept that maybe where I thought I'd be, I didn't hit those marks," said Tomljanovic, per the WTA website. "It builds in my mind that I kind of failed. Then I want it even more.

"I'm a big thinker. I will overthink even the smallest things, which sometimes works for me and other times doesn't. On top of that I just want it so much a lot of the time. There's that little kid in me, all I wanted to ever do was play tennis and win.

I get into situations when it's, like, really within my reach. It's tennis, it happens, you don't always win. I sometimes make it bigger than it is."

Tomljanovic has worked on becoming mentally stronger

At the Indian Wells Masters, Tomljanovic showed great mental strength to beat former world No.

1 Garbine Muguruza. After Muguruza easily won the second set to force a decider, Tomljanovic didn't panic and claimed a three-set win. "Positivity, it's so cliché, but it speeds up everything, everything bad happening in your life," she said after the win over Muguruza.

"I'm learning to do that. ... I'm learning how to relax and stay competitive, but without having that added pressure from myself because it can be a curse a little bit. 'What's been really helpful this year is I've just accepted that whatever happens, happens and I have to move on and then try again. I don't try to dwell on the past or on the losses too long."