Marta Kostyuk from Ukraine was hailed because the “future of tennis” Wednesday after she turned the youngest Australian Open second-round winner since “Swiss Miss” Martina Hingis in 1996.
The 15-year-old was rewarded with an all-Ukrainian conflict towards fourth seed Elina Svitolina as her fairytale run on the yr’s first Grand Slam continued with a win over native wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-Three, 7-5.
It had commentators gushing that Kostyuk was “the future of tennis” as she prolonged her win streak at Melbourne Park to an unbelievable 11 matches after lifting the Australian Open ladies’ title in 2017 and coming by qualifying this yr.
“This is the future, ladies and gentlemen. Fifteen years of age,” mentioned former British primary Sam Smith on Australia’s Channel 7. “This is an incredible story. This is the future of tennis on your screen.”
Before the beginning of this week Kostyuk’s complete profession prize cash was $6,733, however she already has plans for the bumper $142,500 pay day she’s going to earn even when she loses to Svitolina within the third spherical.
“Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course, because I have big family,” she mentioned. “And then for myself a bit. Yeah.”
Playing for the reason that age of 5 and watched by tennis-playing mum and coach Talina Beyko, who as soon as reached 391st on the earth, in her participant’s field on Margaret Court Arena, Kostyuk mentioned she had been used to setting new requirements.
“I think I broke some records every year so I feel OK about it,” she mentioned.
In the primary spherical she had dismantled Chinese primary and 25th seed Peng Shuai in straight units in simply 57 minutes.
The proficient Kostyuk continued in the identical vein towards Rogowska, taking the primary set in 39 minutes.
“I didn’t feel like she was 15 at all,” mentioned Rogowska. “I feel she’s going to be a dangerous player when she grows up. Obviously she had some silly errors, I think with experience she’ll clean that up.”
Svitolina clearly is aware of what to anticipate when she faces her younger compatriot on Friday.
“I little bit watched her first round,” mentioned the world quantity 4 after coming by a three-set battle towards Katerina Siniakova.
“You know, she has nothing to lose, she goes just for everything. You know, a little bit like a headless chicken.”
The teenager is managed by former participant Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer’s coach, and mentioned she was happy to have such expertise in her nook.
“He is always helping me, telling me what was wrong, even when I win,” she mentioned laughing. “I am lucky to have his experience.”
And lengthy hours of observe, she mentioned, was the important thing to her success.
“Well, I heard a lot of times that I’m talented, and I know that,” she informed reporters with all of the swagger of assured youth.
“But I know that only talent will not help me to play good. So I can say that I’m working pretty hard.”