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Australian Ajla Tomljanovic has been eliminated from the Australian Open after falling to Spaniard Paula Badosa in their rematch from Sydney.
For the second match in a row Tomljanovic was unable to overcome the world No. 6, this time losing 4-6, 0-6 in an hour and 22 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.
The first set was a hotly contested battle punctuated by long rallies from the baseline, with each point sitting on a knifes edge. However, it was the Spaniard who would land the decisive blow when the time called for it.
In rallies longer than nine shots, Badosa won 25 points compared to Tomljanovic’s nine. The Spaniard also conjured an impressive 27 winners compared to 25 unforced errors.
On the other hand, Tomljanovic hit nine winners to 25 unforced errors for the match.
It’s an unfortunate loss for Tomljanovic who just faded towards the end and simply couldn’t keep up with Badosa’s high level of play.
Badosa’s next opponent is Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan who defeated Japanese lucky loser Nao Hibino 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.