Svitolina Gives Free Tennis Lesson To Kostyuk In Melbourne

Doug Mendoza
January 21, 2018

Asked what she takes from this experience on the Rod Laver Arena, Kostyuk replied: 'Well, a lot.

Kostyuk, who had nine double faults Friday, including on match point, received entry into qualifying because of her junior girls' victory previous year at the Australian Open.

Playing with confidence, Kostyuk strolled through her next service game before the match-changing game arrived after barely 20 minutes.

Qualifier Denisa Allertova became the first player into the last 16 at the Australian Open after romping through against Magda Linette 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday.

Kostyuk has become the youngest tennis player since 1996 to reach the third round at Australian Open.

"Credit to her, I'm not saying she's bad player".

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"It was, like, honestly I played really, really bad today". Going through the qualifying, winning one match in qualifying is already good, winning two matches is awesome, winning three matches is unbelievable, and then beating two girls playing good level.

It was one-way traffic from there, as the fourth seed strolled to seal the first set 6-2 after 31 minutes. 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.

The 15-year-old takes home A$142,500 while Svitolina has A$240,000 and counting. No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta had a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 23 Gilles Muller.

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.

The 124th-ranked Kumkhum went for broke throughout a ding-dong battle, powering a remarkable 44 winners past the Croatian, who had just 18 of her own. "Nothing bad had happened", Kostyuk said of her mother's words.

Elise Mertens needed four match points before clinching a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alize Cornet, who needed a medical time out in the second set after complaining of being short of breath.

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