Ajla Tomljanovic set to miss some time after tumor surgery

Tomljanovic made an important announcement on her Instagram this week.

by Dzevad Mesic
Ajla Tomljanovic set to miss some time after tumor surgery
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Australian tennis star Ajla Tomljanovic is set to be out of action for at least a couple of weeks after having surgery to remove non-cancerous tumors. 

This week, 30-year-old Tomljanovic took to Instagram to share with her fans that she had a procedure to remove uterine fibroids removed from her uterus. After missing the majority of the 2023 season due to knee surgery, Tomljanovic was able to start the 2024 season in time but an apparent sudden health scare is now set to sideline her for at least a short period of time.

"Hello everyone, unfortunately, I won't be competing for a couple of weeks," Tomljanovic announced on Instagram.

"Was very much looking forward to the next hard court events. I had to get some uterine fibroids removed and will be watching from home while healing. Will be back soon."

In her Instagram post, Tomljanovic also added a link from the Cleveland Clinic, explaining why one undergoes such a procedure. In the article, uterine fibroids are described as a common type of non-cancerous tumor that can grow in and on a woman's uterus.

"Also attaching a link for all my girlies and men (too) who want to (should) learn more," Tomljanovic added.


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Meanwhile, Tomljanovic has appeared in three tournaments so far this season. In the first week of the season, Tomljanovic represented Australia at the United Cup, where her nation made the semifinal before losing to Germany. During the United Cup, Tomljanovic went 1-3 in her matches.

After the United Cup, Tomljanovic competed in her home Grand Slam in Melbourne, where she defeated Petra Martic before losing to Jelena Ostapenko in the Australian Open second round. Tomljanovic was also in action last week, losing in the Hua Hin first round to Dalma Galfi.

What Tomljanovic said about her game and health after the Australian Open? 

Although Tomljanovic didn't do particularly well at the United Cup or make a deep Australian Open run, she was still positive about her game. 

In one of her United Cup matches, Tomljanovic competed extremely well against Angelique Kerber before being edged out 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7) by the three-time Grand Slam champion. At the Australian Open, Tomljanovic started with a thriller win, beating former world No. 14 Martic 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-4. 

Against world No. 11 Ostapenko, Tomljanovic got bageled in the first set but impressively bounced back in the second set to force a decider. Unfortunately for Tomljanovic, she didn't manage to complete a comeback and upset Ostapenko as the Latvian won 6-0 3-6 6-4.

Ajla Tomljanovic and Jelena Ostapenko
Ajla Tomljanovic and Jelena Ostapenko© Getty Images Sport - Phil Walter

After the match, former world No. 32 Tomljanovic was asked how close she was to returning to her best tennis. 

"That's a good question. I don't know," Tomljanovic said.

"It felt like the first set, in my mind, I feel like I'm a little far from this level. But then it's never that far, as far as you think it is. I do know in practice I'm playing good tennis, but it's never the same.

"If I can kind of summarize this Aussie summer, I'm pretty happy with where I'm at and how I've responded under pressure really because as much as I'm kind of coming back, I did expect myself to play well.

"So I definitely think I just need more court time and it will come at some point. Yeah, without the constant work, it's not going to come. I feel like I'm on the right track, but I have to keep working."

Ajla Tomljanovic
Ajla Tomljanovic© Getty Images Sport - Phil Walter

Tomljanovic's left knee is pain-free 

When assessing her Australian Open loss, Tomljanovic made one interesting observation - she realized that being aggressive was mostly paying off. Also, playing against a really aggressive player like Ostapenko provided Tomljanovic a very good feedback on where her movement and speed were after her left knee surgery.

"It was really good feedback for me to be, like, well, probably is not going to get faster than this. I like that there's a lot of room to improve. But I do also think that if this is what it is, I can work with that, and I can maybe..." Tomljanovic added.

"Today was a good example that maybe I should be more aggressive because it did pay off for me at certain moments. That's why I think I could learn a lot from what happened tonight."

Most importantly, Tomljanovic confirmed that her left knee wasn't causing her any pain or discomfort at the Australian Open.

"Look, the best thing, the knee is pain-free. I can be quicker out of the corners and a little bit more determined with my movement because I always start a bit tentative. I'm doing a long warmups. It's still in my head a little bit, but that's okay. I have to go through that," Tomljanovic said. 

Ajla Tomljanovic
Ajla Tomljanovic© Getty Images Sport - Phil Walter

It remains to be seen when Tomljanovic will be ready to play again after undergoing surgery to remove non-cancerous tumor.

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