Kostyuk defeated the best tennis player of France and made a sensation in Washington, D.C.
Ukraine's third racket Marta Kostyuk (No. 34 WTA) defeated France's top player Caroline Garcia (No. 6 WTA) and reached the quarterfinals of the WTA 500 tournament in Washington with a prize fund of $780,000. The second round match ended with the score 6:2, 6:3.
Our athlete was not a favorite (1.37 on Garcia vs. 3.46 on Kostyuk according to bet365). However, she shamed the bookmakers after the match.
Caroline's game did not go well from the first minutes. In the first set, the 29-year-old Frenchwoman failed to serve first, which was completely out of position. The first game ended with a total advantage of the Ukrainian, who made a crushing score of 6:2 in 27 minutes.
Kostyuk tried to play with the left hand and this tactic justified itself. Garcia made mistakes time after time, hit the net multiple times and could not serve from the first time. In the second set, the situation unfolded in a similar way.
A lot of Garcia's errors allowed the Ukrainian to make a break. The first racket of France could turn the situation around with the score 3:2. Marta lost concentration for a few games, but managed to take her serve back.
Marta Kostyuk will play against neutral Russian Lyudmila Samsonova (No. 3 RF, No. 18 WTA) in the quarterfinals. The match is scheduled for Friday, August 4.
"It is very pleasant to see Ukrainians and people who support Ukraine on the stands. I made the necessary conclusions after the previous defeats. Samsonova is a strong tennis player. It will be a difficult game against her, but I have enough of them in my career," our compatriot said after the victory.
We would like to remind you that the day before the first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina (No. 27 WTA) defeated the best tennis player of Russia Daria Kasatkina (No. 11 WTA) and reached the quarterfinals of the WTA 500 tournament in Washington with a prize fund of $780,000. The second round match ended with the score of 6:2..