Tennis - Croatian born Australian Ajla Tomljanovic is hoping to break her run of early Grand Slam exits this year as she takes on compatriot Lizette Cabrera in the first round of the US Open in New York on Tuesday. Tomljanovic was beaten by Lucie Safarova, Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina in the first round of the first three majors of this year but hopes to reverse that trend in New York.
Speaking to AAP in New York, the 58th ranked Tomljanovic says, "Definitely I would like to win a couple of rounds, if possible. My record this year at slams has been tough, getting a couple of tough first rounds but I'm just hoping to maybe turn it around here.
The last month or so it's come together in matches and in tournaments and it's nice to see." Speaking of her opponent, Tomljanovic says, "I've seen her a lot. Whenever there's a slam. I think it's completely open so I don't see it as an easy draw or anything like that.
I feel if I play well, obviously I'll have a good chance of doing well but everyone in the main draw has the ability to beat anybody." Cabrera, who won Tennis Australia's wildcard play-off to secure her spot in the main draw, says she believes she has a chance to win the match as well.
"I'm going to give it a crack. When Ajla was practising in Brisbane a couple of years ago, we practised a bit here and there but I haven't seen her so much recently. I'll just go out there and compete really hard and hopefully, it will be a good match and I'll come off with the win.
This is a really good opportunity to help with my ranking and hopefully get me in the top 100. I'll just keep believing and believe I belong here." Also Read - Alexander Zverev Has Hired Ivan Lendl to be His Coach