World No. 45 Ajla Tomljanovic insisted she was expecting a tough battle against 90th-ranked Anna-Karolina Schiedlova but she was glad she escaped with a routine win.
Tomljanovic, a former world No. 39, saw off Schmiedlova 6-2 6-3 to reach the Sydney round-of-16.
Tomljanovic made a fast start to the match as she broke Schmiedlova three times to comfortably win the opener.
Schmiedlova led 3-0 at the start of the second set but Tomljanovic responded with three consecutive breaks to overturn the deficit and book a straight-set win.
“I did see her playing in qualies, and I thought she was striking the ball really well,” Tomljanovic said after the win, per Tennis Australia.
“I was ready for a tough battle and I got it. Even though the score, you know, may seem easy, it definitely wasn’t.”
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“She’s playing really great tennis,” Tomljanovic said of the fifth-seeded Spaniard, who made a meteoric rise into the world’s top 10 in a career-best 2021 season.
“I saw her progress last year and thought what she did in the end was incredible.”
Tomljanovic is glad she put herself in a position to play against one of the world’s best players.
“I’m just glad that I’m putting myself in a position every week, you know, against the top players and giving myself chances to come out on top,” Tomljanovic said.
“The more you play, the better you’re going to get. I’m looking forward to it.”
Recently, Tomljanovic explained why she doesn’t like to set big goals.
“I don’t like big goals because if I don’t reach them it is seen as a failure,” Tomljanovic said. “I always target the Slams but it’s difficult being unseeded. We all want to play well in those big events so that would be the aim again is to play strong in the big events.”