“She’s Lying”: Ajla Tomljanovic Accuses Opponent Jelena Ostapenko of Manipulation During R3 Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/03/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in action during her third round match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko REUTERS/Paul Childs


Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic was competing in the third round of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. She was up against Jelena Ostapenko and there was an incident that became a talking point of the match. The Australian player was unhappy with the allowance of the umpire giving her opponent a time out. 

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The moment occurred during the third set when Jelena Ostapenko took a break when she was trailing 0-4 in the final set. Ajla Tomljanovic was furious with the chair umpire and argued for allowing Jelena to take a break. 

Tennis – WTA 250 – Birmingham Classic – Edgbaston Priory Club, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain – June 16, 2021 Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in action during her second round match against Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

The Australian was heard telling the umpire, “You know she’s lying, right? We all know… Are you taking into consideration that she looked fine for an hour & 20 & now there’s an ‘acute injury’?” To which, Ostapenko told the umpire, “She cannot tell you what to do.”

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Ajla Tomljanovic was unhappy with certain sequences 

The match was slipping away from Ostapenko and the momentum was clearly with the Australian player. At 4-0, she took the break and it gave an impression that the former Grand Slam champion was trying to halt her flow. Over the years, players have been accused of taking timeouts when things aren’t going in their favor. 

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in action during her third round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Paul Childs

Speaking about the match, Ajla won the match in three sets. After losing the first set, she clawed back and won the next couple of sets. In the end, she won the match 4-6 6-4 6-2. During the match, the Australian player hit few unforced errors as compared to her opponent.

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With that win, she will face the winner of the match between Sorana Cirstea and Emma Raducanu. It is her best performance at the Wimbledon Championships so far. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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