For the first time in her career, Ukraine was in the fourth round of this tournament.
The pupil of the Kharkov tennis school Elina Svitolina beat the main sensation of the Australian Open, her 15-year-old compatriot Martu Kostyuk. To go into the fourth round of the favorite, it took two sets.
Svitolina confidently started at the first in 2018 Grand Slam tournament.
Kostyuk, who became the youngest participant of the third round of the Grand Slam tournament since 1997, could not compete on an equal footing with a more experienced rival and lost to her 2:6, 2:6. Periodically, Ukrainians played on an equal footing, but a large number of lost by a young tennis player on the second serve did not allow a sensation to occur. Nevertheless, after the match, the girls warmly communicated, and the fourth racket of the world predicted a great future for her opponent.
Thanks to this victory, Svitolina for the first time in her career went to the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open, where she will play with the 130th tennis player of the world Deniza Allertova from the Czech Republic. The 15-year-old woman from Kiev, in turn, was able to earn 142 thousand dollars in prize money and on Monday made her debut in the Top 250 of the world rating.