Slovenian tennis player Tamara Zidanšek, world no. 122, upset world no. 69 and no. three seed Ajla Tomljanovic with a convincing 6-3, 6-1 victory in the first round.
Zidanšek has been extremely motivates this clay season. In the last few months she played great at ITF tournaments and came close to a ranking that would guarantee direct entry into the the main draw of Grand Slams. Today, in Bol, she has shown great improvement towards that goal.
“This is my fourth win against a top 100 player in my career. I’ve been watching Ajla only on television, never live. I did not know what to expect, but I did well and won,” said a visibly excited Zidanšek. The 20-year-old trains in Ptuj, is 20 years old and has shown that he can enter the top 100. In a way, this is the best win of the career for the young Slovenian.
Mandy Minella of Luxembourg played a solid match as well. The 2016 Croatia Bol Open Champion beat China’s Saisai Zheng 7-5, 6-3. Minella loves playing in Bol and was thrilled to accept a wildcard into the tournament at the last minute. “I feel great here in Bol. I hope to repeat the story from two years ago. No tournament in the world has such good conditions and atmosphere,” said Minella.
On center court in Bol, a match between M. Linette from Poland and A. Kalinina from Ukraine is ongoing, while in the evening, at 8:30, Croatia’s Tena Lukas plays against Spain’s Estrella Cabeza Candela.