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In the middle of a stunning run to the Wimbledon last-16, Australian hopeful Ajla Tomljanovic has revealed how she had to scramble to find new accomodation after being 'sold short' by her father.
An amused Tomljanovic said the initial accomodation she was staying in had only been booked through to the end of the second round, necessitating a hasty move after she progressed to the round of 16 over the weekend.
The 29-year-old is enjoying an impressive run at Wimbledon, with this being the second year in a row the World No.44 has progressed to the last-16.
It did come at the cost of having to relocate mid-tournament, but that hasn't bothered Tomljanovic in the wake of her impressive 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over 13th seed Barbora Krejčíková.
In a further boost to Tomljanovic's chances, World No.1 Iga Swiatek was beaten by unseeded French hopeful Alize Cornet, setting up an intriguing clash for a chance to progress to the quarter finals.
"I had to move accommodations because my dad booked my house until Friday," she said.
"I was like, 'You thought I'd lose second round. At least book it 'til Sunday' (after the third round).
"So it's a good problem to have. I'm not really satisfied being in third round and then moving houses.
"The problem was it's so hard to find something. London is packed, and I didn't want to stay an hour away.
"He didn't take it well. I gave him a lot of crap yesterday.
"Funny enough, today when I finished, he's like, 'Oh, I have to book again'. I was, like, 'You're kidding me?'
"He wasn't kidding, but he managed to book the same hotel, so I have a room probably until Tuesday, but I don't care.
"Even if someone is joining me in my room, I'm not leaving this hotel!"
— Ajla Tomljanovic (@Ajlatom) July 2, 2022
However the World No.44 said she couldn't be too hard on her biggest supporter.
"He saved me a lot of money over the years, taking care of my flights, my bookings," Tomljanovic said.
"Actually never had anyone else do that for me. I'm not going to give him too much trouble because he's been a great dad that way.
"But he stitched it up a little bit this week ..."
Ajla Tomljanovic in midst of impressive Wimbledon run
While many Aussie fans have rued the early retirement of Ash Barty, Tomljanovic seems to have taken it upon herself to carry the torch.
She has now won seven of her past eight matches at Wimbledon, her only defeat coming against Barty on her march to the 2021 title.
The unseeded Cornet is in the midst of a hot streak of her own though, and Tomljanovic says she is keen to get the best of the Frenchwoman.
The Aussie star needed three sets to overcome Cornet in the second round this time last year, and knows it'll be a much closer contest than their rankings would suggest.
"Alize, I remember I had a really tough match with her here last year in the second round," Tomljanovic said.
"We really had some long rallies. I think she also has a shot to maybe win or make an upset. You never know what can happen in slams.
"I'll just have to play my best."
Should she repeat her victory over Cornet, Tomljanovic would face either unseeded Croatian Petra Martic or Kazakhstan's world No.23 Elena Rybakina on Wednesday for a spot in the semi-finals.
The mademoiselle who's long had a flair for the dramatic reckoned she was maturing like a fine French wine as she knocked out the world's best 6-4 6-2 in Saturday's third round to end Swiatek's incredible 37-match winning run that stretched back to mid-February.
Swiatek ended up looking a distracted shadow of the powerhouse who's swept all before her since Ash Barty retired from the top of the women's game in March.
The Pole promised that she didn't "tank", but she did admit to being a bit lost about what tactics to use on a blustery day while floundering around on a grass court surface that still makes her look so coltish.
"I tried many things to try to feel better on grass court but it just didn't happen," the 21-year-old said, almost resigned to having been ousted.
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