The Ukrainian tennis player reached the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open for the first time
Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk (WTA No. 37) won her third-round match at the Australian Open 2024 against Russian Elina Avanesyan (WTA No. 74). The 21-year-old from Kyiv was inferior during the match, but managed to turn the tide and finish off her "neutral" opponent 2:6, 6:4, 6:4.
Before the match with Avanesyan in Australia, Kostyuk had lost her last six matches against Russian tennis players, including one this year to Daria Kasatkina at the Brisbane tournament. And she didn't start her match with Elina in the best way, losing the first set 2-6.
In the second game of the second set, the representative of the aggressor country earned a break point on Marta's serve, but the 21-year-old Ukrainian rallied and gradually turned the tide of the match, taking the second and third sets with the same score of 6-4, 6-4.
However, in the second set at 5:2, Kostyuk lost two games without serving for the game. And in the protracted tenth game, she was able to take the second set only from the sixth setball. And in the deciding game, Avanesyan managed to level the score at 4:4, but Marta did not allow her to do more.
Kostyuk's next validation match lasted two hours and 31 minutes. The victory over Avanesyan brought the Ukrainian $375,000 in prize money, 250 ranking points, and a ticket to the fourth round of the Australian major, where Marta made it through for the first time.
This will be the second time in her career that the Ukrainian will play in the last 16 at a Grand Slam. In 2021, Kostyuk reached the fourth round of Roland Garros, losing to Pole Iza Szwiątek.
And Marta's next opponent in Melbourne will be determined in a match between non-flagged Russian Maria Timofeeva and Brazilian prima donna Beatriz Addad Maya, who is seeded No. 10 in Australia.