Australian Open 2018: 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk through to third round

Kostyuk is the first 15-year-old into round three since 2005. Pic Getty

Bencic first watched Kostyuk play Wednesday, and she was impressed. It made tennis completely unenjoyable.

"Ivan is always helping me when he sees me". "If I was losing, it was a tragedy".

I can not say that it's something, like, I don't feel like I did something incredible because the match was fast, and I was playing point by point. Serving for the set, the 15-year old survived a marathon game, sealing the set with a strong serve and forehand error for Rogowska.

Things will get harder for her now.

Marta Kostyuk's incredible record at Melbourne Park continues. However, playing in her maiden Grand Slam, nobody could have expected these results.

Her ranking? No. 521.

The opening game of the match featured what would be a theme of the match: break points, Kostyuk saving both to hold.

Also Ukrainian, she beat local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5. While her win was spectacular, the celebration that was followed was even more breathtaking.

The stats weren't pretty - 45 unforced errors to just 22 winners - but Kostyuk handled the pressure well. Speaking after qualifying for the main draw, she had said, "Age is nothing to me, I don't think about my age when I play, but to be young is sometimes an opportunity". But thanks to her impressive run, she has ensured that everyone will know her name come the end of this year's competition. While serving for the match, she clubbed a ball off the frame of her racket that almost hit a spectator in the crowd. Unable to take advantage of what may be her only chance to reach the third round of a major, the Aussie will be bitterly disappointed as she heads back to the ITF Tour.

A home-schooled former gymnast, she gave up gymnastics when she was 11 to focus on tennis. The impact on her game has been immediate. "I wasn't feeling well on the court - fourth set was a disgrace", said Dimitrov, who took Rafael Nadal to five sets in a marathon semifinal in Melbourne previous year. "And Roger, we speak twice. Not like, 'Hey, how are you.' That was nice".

With this achievement, Kostyuk became the youngest player since Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in 1997 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam.

It's remarkable for a teenage sensation to break through the ranks since the WTA limits young players to only 10 tournaments.

Bencic hopes Kostyuk "keeps enjoying all of this and remembers the feeling how it is when you're excited first time, first Grand Slam, and to keep it this way".

Next opponent Martha Kostiuk in Melbourne will be the highlight of her compatriot Elina Svitolina. "I can't wait to get into an ice bath".

"I already know a little bit where I'm going to spend this, but I didn't really think, because, like some big investment or something", she said. He had never played anyone ranked better than No. 69 before facing the third-seeded Dimitrov on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian has won her way through to the third round of the Australian Open at just 15 years of age. "I will try to use this".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top January Jones Is Dating Former 'The Bachelor' Star Nick Viall
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:49
Jones celebrated her 40th birthday with Viall and some of her " Mad Men " former co-stars at Inkwell in LA on Saturday. Viall asked her out, she accepted and the rest, as they say, is history. "They've been dating for about two months".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rajon Rondo irked by Celtics' plans to honor Isaiah Thomas
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:48
What do we hang here? "[Thomas] didn't put in more work than Paul", Allen said. "I'm with Pierce, man", said Allen. An Eastern Conference finals rematch on the court, interspersed with tributes to a Celtics legend.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Walmart Offering Free Opioid Disposal
Jan 18, 2018 - 03:46
Existing company policy also provides optional counseling to customers who want advice on safe prescription opioid use. People can also bring leftover opioids to hospital pharmacies or police stations for disposal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Democrat Phil Murphy takes over as NJ governor
Jan 17, 2018 - 01:51
Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs executive who served as the US ambassador to Germany in the Obama administration. Murphy said he would resist every move from Trump and what he called "a misguided Republican Congress".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Detroit Motor Show: Nissan reveals Xmotion SUV concept
Jan 17, 2018 - 01:51
The Xmotion has a retractable rooftop box, which expands to accommodate luggage then pulls back in to minimize aerodynamic impact. The center console features traditional Japanese wood joinery; the same technique is used to build temples and religious shrines.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top EU's 'hearts are still open' to Brexit reversal, says Tusk
Jan 17, 2018 - 01:50
This appears to support leaks that the EU is demanding that any European citizen who moves to Britain before 2020 be given permanent residency rights.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top IL: State Warns of Potential Measles Exposure at O'Hare
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:49
People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, the statement said. Travelers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport may have been exposed to the measles .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google app matches your selfies with famous paintings
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:48
And finding their Renaissance-era doppelganger? Well, wonder no more as the Google Arts & Culture app can determine that for you. Also, it appears that not everyone has access to the feature and it's now only available to those in the U.S.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bencic stuns last year's finalist Venus at Australian Open
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:46
After receiving a first-round bye last week at Sydney, she fell to eventual champion Angelique Kerber of Germany in three sets. Bencic, 20, said featuring with Federer at the Hopman Cup had helped a lot, with the Swiss legend giving her advice and tips.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Abbas confirms Abu Dis offered as Palestinian capital
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:46
Even so, Abbas reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump threatens to cut funding to the authority because negotiations have failed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lead singer of the Cranberries dies at age 46
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:44
This is shocking and upsetting and my hearts go out to her family, band members and friends. "We all loved her very, very much". The band, formed in 1989, went on a break in 2003 but reformed in 2009, releasing their final album, Something Else , last year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top EFF: Call Your Senators Before They Extend NSA Spying On Jan 16
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:44
Now the bill goes to the Senate, where it will again meet with Rand Paul's penchant for all-or-nothing grandstanding. It was legally authorised in 2008 by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Syrian govt voices determination to end USA presence in Syria
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:42
Russian Federation and Syria on Monday portrayed the planned border force as a challenge to the Syrian government's sovereignty. Since then, SDF fighters have been advancing south-eastwards along the Euphrates river valley.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woman Dies from Injuries After Fire Engulfs Casino Shuttle Boat
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:41
The 60-foot boat was headed to a Sun Cruz Casino boat, located three miles from the coast in worldwide waters for legal gambling. She said there had never been any issues with the boat, which was destroyed by the fast-moving fire. "The fire was moving fast".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top How to watch Premier League football online
Jan 16, 2018 - 00:41
It was a third straight goalless draw involving Chelsea in all competitions - and a fourth in the team's last seven matches. Everton had the ball in the net first but Wayne Rooney was correctly ruled offside.