“Disgraceful”: Ajla Tomljanovic and Jelena Ostapenko Engaged in Ugly War of Words After Wimbledon Championships 2021 Clash

Published 07/03/2021, 1:35 PM EDT
Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko grimaces after loosing a point to Britain’s Katy Dunne during their women’s singles match, on the second day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday July 3, 2018.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)


Over the years, the WTA tour has always proven to be more engaging than that of their male counterparts with respect to producing players with diverse talents on all surfaces. Latvian tennis player Jelena Ostapenko belongs to that category as she burst into the limelight after winning the 2017 French Open.

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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

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Known for her stubborn mentality on-court, Ostapenko also has the reputation for always complaining over her losses. In her third-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic today, the 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalist was criticized for faking an injury when she was 0-4 down in the third set.

Tomljanovic outclassed Jelena Ostapenko in third-round clash at Wimbledon

Immediately after losing the fourth game in the decider, the Latvian forced the umpire to call the trainer on-court. On the other hand, Tomljanovic was furious with the umpire for giving the medical time-out.

A ten-minute match time-out was given to Ostapenko as she left the court. Extending the ten minute break further, she entered the court late and broke the Australian’s serve immediately.

When it appeared clear that Ostapenko got back the momentum she needed, Tomljanovic did well on her return game and ensured her opponent didn’t get back into the match. In the end, it was the Aussie who was successful in closing out the match and reach the second week at SW19.

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

However, in the post-match press conference, both players took digs at each other. While Ostapenko accused Tomljanovic of being disrespectful to her, the Australian mentioned that what happened on court was disgraceful for a grand slam champion.

As I said, first of all, she cannot say anything, and it’s very disrespectful from her side. Because everybody, as I said, every athlete can have an injury and can have an acute injury” said Ostapenko.

Responding to the Latvian, Tomljanovic said, “For her to call me disrespectful at the end of the match is just laughable. I think it’s disgraceful behavior from someone that is a slam champion”.

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Barring the controversy, Tomljanovic reached the second-week at Wimbledon and will now face Britain qualifier Emma Raducanu in the pre-quarters.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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