Ajla Tomljanovic laments ‘worst timing ever’ after Australian Open withdrawal; Paula Badosa also out

Shahida Jacobs
Ajla Tomljanovic disappointed

Home hopeful Ajla Tomljanovic believes the injury that ruled her out of the Australian Open could not have come at a worst time as she felt like she was one of the contenders for the title.

On the back of defending champion Ashleigh Barty’s retirement, Australians were pinning their hopes on Tomljanovic and many pundits believed the world No 35 was primed for a deep run at her home Grand Slam.

However, she was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a knee injury.

I’ve done absolutely everything in my power to get healthy but just ran out of time to heal and be 100% ready to compete at a high level,” she tweeted.

“It’s been a very tough decision to make but I have to listen to my body.

“It is no secret that this is my favorite place to play so it hurts to miss out on a great opportunity to play in front of my home crowd and to be surrounded by the incredible love and atmosphere.”

In a press conference the 29-year-old revealed that the injury flared up in December and she just never managed to recover fully.

“If you ask me, this is probably the worst timing ever,” the Australian said.

“I’m sure I would have found and said that even if it happened in six months it would have been the worst thing ever.

“If I’m taking a 15-second pity party, this shouldn’t have happened now. It’s the time when I’m feeling my best self in every way and I’m coming into a Slam truly feeling like I deserve to be even a contender.

“I mean, I feel that way. I’m not coming out here and faking that.

“So, in a way, am I going to have to start from scratch? Probably not. It feels a little unfair, but life’s unfair. Part of our job, injuries will happen.”

Tomljanovic is not the only big-name player to withdraw from the women’s draw as 11th seed will also be absent as she also picked up an injury a right-thigh injury during the Adelaide International.

“Bad news … During the quarter-final match in Adelaide, I hurt myself and after receiving the results I will have to be out a few weeks,” Badosa tweeted.

“Sad to miss Australian Open this year, really going to miss it. I will do everything I can to return as soon as possible.”

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