It’s been an up-and-down season for Ajla Tomljanovic, but mentally, she hasn’t been as up-and-down about her performances.
According to both Tomljanovic and her boyfriend—and fellow pro—Matteo Berrettini, that’s part of why she’s enjoying one of her best seasons. The 28-year-old Australian reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon, the third round of the US Open, and is ranked No. 47—not far returning back into the Top 40 for the first time in two years.
This week at Indian Wells, she defeated No. 6 Garbine Muguruza and is into the fourth round, where she’ll face Angelique Kerber.
“I think what’s been really helpful this year is I’ve just accepted that whatever happens happens, and I have to move on and then try again,” she told press. “I don’t try to dwell on the past or on the losses too long. Every tournament I take just as a new tournament. Happy to be even able to play.”
That’s not something the former top junior has always found easy.
“The competitiveness and the losses sometimes get a little heavy,” she said. “Just simplifying it, always moving forward, learning from it, that’s what kind of keeps me going.”
Berrettini agrees. Often courtside for her matches, the 25-year-old Italian can look nervous watching her play, but says he encourages her to be more positive about her performances.