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Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic has backed up her win over Serena Williams by taking down the red-hot Liudmila Samsanova 7-6(8), 6-1 to advance to her maiden quarter-final at the US Open.

Shortly after Nick Kyrgios took down World No. 1 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev, Ajla Tomljanovic claimed victory which breaks a 38 year drought since the last time there was an Australian in both the men's and women's US Open quarterfinals - Wendy Turnbull and Pat Cash in 1984.

Serving at 4-5 in the opening set, Tomljanovic saved a whopping seven break points in a service game which spanned 12 deuces and more than 14 minutes. After the set was eventually sent into a tiebreaker, Tomljanovic saved another set point (her eighth) and went on to eventually steal the set 10-8.

Tomljanovic carried the momentum into the second set and blazed away to take it 6-1, securing her spot in back-to-back quarterfinals at Grand Slam level, after reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

“It was huge. I came out feeling pretty flat and I was thinking to myself, the last 48 hours has been a lot,” she said. “But something within me was saying, ‘this is not where I want to stop. I need to give, even if I go down, a little more fight’," Tomljanovic said in her post-match interview.

"The fact that I won, I'm still a little speechless."

"I think it's just about staying in the moment," she said.

It's a maiden quarter-final at the US Open for Tomljanovic, eclipsing her best performance before this year in New York, which came last year when she reached the third round.

Next up will be World No. 5 and Wimbledon finalist, Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Tomljanovic, winning once back in 2012 and most recently at the Rome Masters earlier this year, on clay.


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