Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Elina Svitolina Beats 15-Year-Old Marta Kostyuk In Third Round

TENNIS-AUS-OPEN Elina Svitolina hits a return against Marta Kostyuk during their women's singles third round match | AFP
Ellis Copeland | 20 January, 2018, 04:59

Before the start of this week Kostyuk's total career prize money was $6,733, but she already has plans for the bumper $142,500 pay day she will earn even if she loses to Svitolina in the third round.

"It adds a little bit more pressure, but when you are out there playing on the court, I don't have this thing in my head", she said.

One of five players who have a chance to finish the Australian Open as world number one, she is now the only seed left in her section of the draw.

Players were bothered and spectators clamored for shade and mist-spraying fans in searing heat at Melbourne Park, which had organizers on the verge of enforcing the tournament's extreme heat policy before temperatures dropped quickly after peaking around 2 p.m. local time.

Kostyuk went on to say it was a privilege playing against Svitolina at Rod Laver Arena.

All in all, Kostyuk certainly seemed to be on a hot streak, but the rising star was up against her fellow countrywoman, fourth seed Elina Svitolina, in the round of 32.

Svitolina was one of the pre-tournament favourites after winning five tour titles previous year and the Brisbane International warm-up to start this campaign.

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"I just have my opponent, I have my racket, the tennis ball, and, I know what I have to do". I'm not saying she's bad player. I'm just saying I played bad. Like court it's, well, around, I don't know, 45, 47, even more.

The Australian Open is in full swing, and one of the surprises has been the young and talented Marta Kostyuk from Ukraine.

Earlier, Allertova reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time after a dominant win against Magda Linette 6-1, 6-4.

World number 81 Martic prevailed 6-3 3-6 7-5 in an enthralling encounter against Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum.

Martic with meet Mertens in the next round.

But Cornet hung tough to see out the match in conditions described by Mertens as among the toughest she had experienced. The former Australian Open Girls Singles Champion Kostyuk was too inconsistent to really challenge Svitolina, dropping the second set 6-2.

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