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Yastremska vs Tomljanovic tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Fourth time lucky in WTA finals for Tomljanovic in Hua Hin?

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 2 Feb 2019
  • Dayana Yastremska faces Ajla Tomljanovic in the final of the Thailand Open on Sunday
  • Yastremska vs Tomljanovic is live from Hua Hin on Sunday at 5pm local/10am GMT
Dayana Yastremska (CHALINEE THIRASUPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dayana Yastremska’s race up the rankings continues as the Ukrainian teenager contests her second WTA Tour final against Ajla Tomljanovic at the Toyota Thailand Open.

Less than five months after reaching her first WTA Tour final in Hong Kong, Dayana Yastremska will contest her second in Hua Hin as she takes on Ajla Tomljanovic for the Thailand Open title.

Yastremska was ranked world no. 172 12 months ago but the 18-year-old Ukrainian, a junior runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, has been staking her claim as a stand-out of the crop of young WTA players born in the 2000s who have been making an impact on the tour already. 

A tearful Yastremska is consoled by Serena Williams at the Australian Open (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Runner-up at two ITF $100k events in 2018, Yastremska broke into the top 100 for the first time after coming through a tough qualifying draw at the Premier-level Connecticut Open in New Haven and reaching the second round last August. She swiftly went on to qualify for Beijing and then at the Hong Kong Open, where a ranking of world no. 102 enabled her to enter the main draw, she absolutely stormed through the field to claim her first title without dropping a set, defeating Zheng Saisai, Zhang Shuai and Wang Qiang – who was on an incredible run of form herself at the time – on the way. 

It was a really impressive run, but it was no fluke, as Yastremska’s subsequent results have asserted. Catapulted up to world no. 66 by that Hong Kong title, she went on to make the semifinals in Luxembourg, beating Garbine Muguruza and Margarita Gasparyan before losing to Belinda Bencic. So far in 2019, she fell in qualifying for the Brisbane International to Karolina Muchova, but made the quarterfinals of the Hobart International (losing to Bencic again) and the third round of the Australian Open, knocking out 23rd seed Carla Suarez Navarro. 

Yastremska was in tears after being demolished (and subsequently comforted) by Serena Williams, 2-6, 1-6, but it clearly hasn’t knocked her confidence if her run in Hua Hin has been anything to go by. For the second time, the Ukrainian has made a WTA final without dropping a set in wins over qualifier Arantxa Rus, 6-0, 6-3; wildcard Peng Shuai, 6-1, 6-4; top seed Muguruza, 7-6(5), 6-1; and the experienced Magda Linette, 6-4, 6-3.

‘I have another chance to win my second WTA title, and I'm going to try my best, but I'm not going to think about it too much,’ Yastremska said.

‘I don't want to put extra pressure on myself, but I'm going to try my best. Today, I was a bit tired on-court, and I definitely had a tough draw. That was my road, and I'm happy that I could pass it and make the finals.’

Ajla Tomljanovic will be attempting to win her first WTA Tour career title in Hua Hin when the two face off in Sunday’s final.

Seven years older than Yastremska, and a talented junior from whom much was expected, Croatian-born Tomljanovic – who now represents Australia – has had a tough run of injuries in her career, most recently battling a shoulder problem which required surgery and meant that Tomljanovic played just two matches in 2016. 

Ajla Tomljanovic (CHALINEE THIRASUPA/AFP/Getty Images)
Returning unranked in February 2017, Tomljanovic was up to world no. 118 by the end of that year and back inside the top 100 by February 2018. Last year, in fact, was the best of her career, as she compiled a 36-24 win-loss record, reached a career-high ranking of world no. 43 and made two WTA Tour finals, finishing runner-up to Elise Mertens in Rabat and to Kiki Bertens in Seoul. Tomljanovic also made the quarterfinals of WTA events in Mallorca, Monterrey, Hiroshima and San Jose before finishing the year at world no. 46.

Tomljanovic certainly looks fitter and more athletic than ever, adding improved movement and stamina to her hard-hitting game, and she’s made a good start to 2019, beating Katerina Siniakova and Johanna Konta to make the quarterfinals in Brisbane before losing to eventual champion Karolina Pliskova in three sets. Ousted by Camila Giorgi in Sydney and Konta in the first round of the Australian Open in a very hard-fought match – difficult draws, both – Tomljanovic, a former runner-up at the Thailand Open when it used to be played in Pattaya City, has also not dropped a set in Hua Hin, beating Stefanie Voegele 6-1, 7-6(6), Kateryna Kozlova 7-6(0), 6-1, fourth seed Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-3 and Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-4, 6-1. 

This will be the third WTA final of Tomljanovic’s career – can she win her first title? Yastremska won their only previous encounter, in qualifying for Beijing last year when the Ukrainian triumphed 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, and she already has a better record of winning WTA titles than Tomljanovic. 

‘She's a very good player and strong mentally,’ Yastremska said of Tomljanovic. ‘Tomorrow is going to be a great fight.

‘I'm going to look at the match we played last year, and I'm going to analyze it, but I will try to prepare more physically than tactically, because I have to get the energy back for tomorrow's match.’

It’s a difficult one to call: Three sets and numerous swings of momentum seem indicated, with both women having served very well at the tournament so far and the edge likely to go to the more accurate, effective server in this Hua Hin final.

Yastremska vs Tomljanovic Toyota Thailand Open tennis is live from Hua Hin on Sunday at 5pm local/10am GMT

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