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    Fifteen-year-old qualifier Marta Kostyuk continues solid play to gain Australian Open third round

    Jan 17, 2018
    Former Australian Open junior champion Marta Kostyuk marches on at Melbourne Park. AP

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Marta Kostyuk, a 15-year-old qualifier from Ukraine who beat 25th-seeded Peng Shuai in the first round, has advanced to the third with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Olivia Rogowska, a wild-card entry from Australia.

    Kostyuk, who entered the tournament ranked No. 521, had already played six hours on court through three three-set qualifying rounds before beating Peng in the first round.

    The win over Peng gave Kostyuk the distinction of being the youngest player to win a main-draw match at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996.

    Kostyuk, a former Australian Open junior champion, will play either fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina or Katerina Siniakova in the third round.

    Her fellow Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko beat No. 15-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a quarterfinalist here last year, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the third round in Australia for the third time.

    The 31-year-old Bondarenko broke Pavlyuchenkova's serve four times and only dropped her own serve once to register her 20th career win against a Top 20 player.

     

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    Former Australian Open junior champion Marta Kostyuk marches on at Melbourne Park. AP
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