Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Day 5 Snapshot from the Australian Open

Day 5 Snapshot from the Australian Open

- Fifteen-year-old qualifier Marta Kostyuk after being outclassed by her fourth-seeded compatriot.

The pair shared a warm hug at the net and Svitolina had some encouraging words for Kostyuk, who revealed she was in tears after the match.

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.

In the fourth round of the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year, Svitolina will take on world No. 130 Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic, who beat Pole Magda Linette 6-1, 6-4.

"It was sad playing another Ukrainian girl, same country is always tough", Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said. "She's a great fighter".

Kostyuk, who will take home 142,500 AUD following her third-round loss, was candid post-match as she told reporters: "I had the chances, but because I thought she is incredible, like, she's a god, I can not do anything against her, that's the problem that I didn't use much".

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Svitolina said she had actually been a pretty pricey tutor, with the difference between winning and losing in the third round a cool $97,500.

"How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson?" After having her blood pressure taken and being draped in ice towels, she was able to continue and play seven more games.

World number 81 Martic prevailed 6-3 3-6 7-5 in an enthralling encounter against Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum. No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta had a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 23 Gilles Muller.

"Well, because I know that I could play much better. I got it for free", she told reporters.

"She raised her game and whenever you give her pace on the ball she hits winners all over the place", said Martic.

Kostyuk has shown maturity beyond her years this week on and off court and will stay on in Australia to play Fed Cup for Ukraine next month. "We were lucky to play on Rod Laver because we had some shade behind so you could hide for a few seconds in between the points".

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