Svitolina pays wonderful tribute to teenage Kostyuk

Annette Crawford
January 19, 2018

World number 59 Siniakova, who also took Svitolina to three sets at the U.S. Open a year ago, really went for her shots, hitting 11 winners, and it was she who managed to get the upper hand in an arm-wrestle of a 50-minute set.

The next match will be against 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk, the 521-ranked qualifier who doubled down on her maiden grand slam victory on Monday with a 6-3 7-5 win over local Olivia Rogowska on Wednesday.

"Well, a lot", she said.

A moment to remember for both players.

Kostyuk left the court for a change of clothes before the second set but it made no difference and Svitolina ruthlessly pounced on anything loose from the teenager, particularly from her second serve, to break another two times.

"It was sad that I was playing against a Ukrainian girl, from the same country, it's always tough to play", Svitolina said. "She's a great fighter". She always fights until the end and as we could see now she has a bright future.

"Definitely, we're going to hear about her many more (times) in the future".

"It's very special for me to get past the third round", said Svitolina, who will be in the last 16 for the first time in Melbourne where she will face another qualifier, Denisa Allertova.

Allertova's reward will be a match against either fourth seed Elina Svitolina or 15-year-old sensation Marta Kostyuk who clash later Thursday.

"It's not easy because everyone is playing pretty freely against you and you have to be ready for tough matches from the beginning of the tournament".

Kostyuk received entry into qualifying because of her junior girls' victory previous year at the Australian Open.

The Ukrainian pair's match was played in 40C heat on Rod Laver Arena while France's Alize Cornet had her blood pressure taken by a doctor during her defeat by Elise Mertens on the Hisense Arena.

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