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Tomljanovic outlasts top-seeded Mertens at Birmingham

Viking Classic Birmingham - Day 4

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in action against Elise Mertens of Belgium during the Viking Classic Birmingham at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 15, 2021 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for LTA)

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BIRMINGHAM, England -- Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia outlasted top-seeded and 17th-ranked Elise Mertens of Belgium 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) in a marathon match on Tuesday at the Birmingham grass-court tournament.

Tomljanovic overcame 14 aces by Mertens, who had 12 double-faults in a tight, tense match that lasted just over three hours. Ranked No. 72, the 28-year-old Tomljanovic, who was born in Croatia, had won 14 of 26 singles matches this season entering this tournament.

In other matches Tuesday: No. 2 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia beat 19-year-old American Catherine McNally 6-4, 6-2; Shuai Zhang of China defeated Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 6-2, 7-5; Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine beat American Madison Brengle 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; Leylah Fernandez of Canada topped Yafan Wang of China 7-5, 6-3; Daria Kasatkina of Russia came back to defeat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Anastasia Potapova of Russia rallied to defeat Nina Stojanovic of Serbia 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-4; and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia beat Lauren Davis of the United States 6-4, 6-1.