Re: Ajla Tomljanovic thread!
"I think my serve was a big factor today," Tomljanovic said. "I was serving so well that I felt very comfortable on the return. I didn't feel much pressure and could maybe go for a little more with my returns.
"She was actually playing really well at the beginning, but my serve really helped me out and then I also got lucky on a few points here and there."
Last year, Tomljanovic, a former junior No.4, suffered two bouts of mononucleosis and elected to sit out virtually the entire second half of the season. It was not an easy decision, but one the 20-year-old believes is now paying dividends.
"Physically, I'm still not quite where I want to be yet," she added. "But I'm getting stronger with every tournament. It's a horrible illness and lots of players, like Mario Ancic, have been forced out of tennis because of it.
"I actually talked to Mario's brother and he said not to rush back. It ended up being my smartest decision to take the rest of the season off and just to prepare for 2013."