Ukraine has set a historic achievement at the Australian Open
For the first time in the history of Ukrainian women's tennis, two of our compatriots will be represented in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. Kyiv's Marta Kostiuk and Odesa's Dayana Yastremska made it to the top eight at the Australian Open 2024.
Both of our girls defeated so-called neutral athletes in the 1/8 finals. Kostiuk defeated Maria Timofeeva of Russia, while Yastremska was stronger than the world's former top-ranked player and two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Now Marta will play for a ticket to the semifinals of the major in Melbourne, where Ukrainian women have never been, with the fourth-ranked American Coco Hauff, and Dayana will play with the Czech Republic's Linda Nosková, who is ranked 50th in the world rankings.
Yastremska's future opponent made it to the quarterfinals thanks to Elina Svitolina's refusal to continue the match. The Ukrainian top seed has a record 10 appearances in the quarterfinals of Grand Slam tournaments. Lesia Tsurenko, Kateryna Bondarenko, and two current participants of the Australian Open 2024 have reached this stage once each.
As OBOZ.UA previously reported, Marta Kostiuk made a loud statement about the war in Ukraine after defeating a Russian player in the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open-2024. Earlier, our compatriot was accused of "promoting political topics" at the tournament.