“We always drive from Boca. So I take my whole family and dog.”

Charleston is a favorite WTA stop—for players and fans alike. It’s no different with Ajla Tomljanovic, as the event provides a comfortable environment to begin her transition from hard to clay courts.

On Monday, the 27-year-old posted the first win of the 2021 Volvo Car Open with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Christina McHale.

But could sister Hana be owed some credit in the Aussie’s performance?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“She’s so positive and fun. She always keeps the mood really light, which is good for me because on match days, I’m really serious,” Tomljanovic told Steve Weissman afterwards at the Tennis Channel Desk. “Today in the morning, I was moody and she was like, ‘why are you like that?’ She brings a different kind of energy to our team.

“She doesn’t travel as much, cause now she’s a working woman. But with the way everything is going, she can work from home.”

Among other topics, Tomljanovic also spoke about how her bond with Donna Vekic and Maria Sakkari transpired. The world No. 78 grew closer with Sakkari two years ago, and had a long-time Croatian connection to Vekic.

“I kind of joined the group. It was really natural,” she said. “We are really good at separating tennis. We rarely talk about it.”