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Svitolina ends Kostyuk's campaign at Australian Open

21 January, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Christina Hansen
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"It was sad that I was playing against Ukrainian girl". Kostyuk, who got a wildcard into the qualifiers, where she came through three three-set matches, said she struggled with the heat and was low on energy, but more than any of that was disappointed with her play.

Having received a wildcard into the qualifying draw, Kostyuk earned several impressive wins over higher-ranked players before upsetting 25th seed Peng Shuai in her first-ever tour-level match despite being born in 2002, at the age of 15. I'm not saying she's bad player.

The 15-year-old made her Grand Slam debut by competing in the Open via a wildcard entry in the qualifying rounds.

Kostyuk, who had nine double faults Friday, including on match point, received entry into qualifying because of her junior girls' victory past year at the Australian Open.

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After winning five tournaments in a career-best 2017 campaign and riding an eight-match unbeaten run this year, the No.4 seed has never been better placed to claim a first major title.

"I was a bit disappointed. She has a great future - we're going to hear a lot more about her".

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. "I got it for free", she told reporters.

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Svitolina will next play Denisa Allertova, who defeated Magda Linette 6-1, 6-4 earlier in the day at Margaret Court Arena.

"She did an wonderful job here", Svitolina said.

No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta had a 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 23 Gilles Muller.

No.19 seed Magdalena Rybarikova from Slovakia outlasted Ukrainian veteran Kateryna Bondarenko 7-5 3-6 6-1 and will face either world No.2 Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark or Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens.

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