Bitter Wimbledon rivals Jelena Ostapenko and Ajla Tomljanovic kept apart by draw

Bitter tennis rivals Jelena Ostapenko and Ajla Tomljanovic have been kept apart by the Wimbledon draw after their infamous bust-up at the 2021 championships.

The duo exchanged heated words in SW19 last summer with Ostapenko labelling her opponent "the worst player on the tour" following accusations she'd deliberately feigned injury. The Latvian requested a medical timeout in the final set of their third-round clash which, at 4-0 down, was not well received by Tomljanovic.

The Australian was preparing to serve when the physio was called onto Court 15 to deal with Ostapenko's alleged abdominal problem and Tomljanovic immediately took issue with the permitted stoppage.

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"You know she’s lying, right," Tomljanovic informed the umpire. "Can we call the supervisor as well? Are you taking into any consideration that she was fine for one hour and 30 minutes?"

Following advice from the physio, the match was suspended for four days. When the contest eventually resumed, Tomljanovic rounded off a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory but the pair had more than a few choice words to vent at each other when partaking in the post-match handshake.

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"If you think I'm faking it, you can talk with the physio," said Ostapenko. "Your behaviour is terrible. You have zero respect." Tomljanovic replied: "You're the one to talk." But the Latvian was quick to interject: "What? You're the worst player on tour."

Both Ostapenko and Tomljanovic are involved in Wimbledon action on day two of the championships. Twelfth-seed Ostapenko faces Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin whilst Tomljanovic will play Olympic gold medallist Jil Belen Teichmann. Due to this year's draw, Ostapenko and Tomljanovic will not meet unless both players make it to the final.


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