Marta Kostyuk: 'I got a free one-hour lesson from Elina Svitolina'

Marta Kostyuk: 'I got a free one-hour lesson from Elina Svitolina'

Marta Kostyuk: 'I got a free one-hour lesson from Elina Svitolina'

"It was sad playing another Ukrainian girl", said Svitolina. Kostyuk, who got a wildcard into the qualifiers, where she came through three three-set matches, said she struggled with the heat and was low on energy, but more than any of that was disappointed with her play.

Kostyuk had been labelled the "future of tennis" by some observers after becoming the youngest Australian Open second- round victor since "Swiss Miss" Martina Hingis in 1996.

Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk's run at the Australian Open, met her at the net for a warm embrace and offered some words of encouragement. It took the World No.40 an hour and 43 minutes to claim her third consecutive win at Melbourne Park this year, becoming the last Spaniard to continue competing in the Australian Open Women's Singles, reports Efe.

"I felt bad. I didn't know what was happening at the start of the second set", she said after going 3-0 down before regathering herself to win the match. "I think this limit should be a little bit lower". She faces qualifier Denisa Allertova in her first-ever fourth round encounter Down Under.

The 23-year-old was less certain that Kostyuk got value for money in her "lesson".

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Svitolina, showing no desire to spend a minute longer in the heat than necessary and no sign of the injury issues she reported after her second round match, went through when Kostyuk served up her ninth double fault of the contest.

She does still have a lot to learn, but to accomplish what she has at just 15 years of age, it's quite remarkable.

The 14th seeds had a tougher time, rallying from a set down to overcome Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russian Federation 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) in two hours, 24 minutes on Court 13. "I got it for free".

Martic battled fierce heat and a succession of powerful winners from her opponent to prevail 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 after two hours and 10 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 win over Kateryna Bondarenko.

Serving for the match at 5-3 under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, the former world number one harangued the chair umpire when a line call went against her and pounded her racquet into the blue hardcourt when Bertens saved a second match point.

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