Marta Kostyuk’s incredible record at Melbourne Park continues. Aged just 15, last year’s Australian Open girls’ singles champion is now the youngest player to reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament since Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s run at the 1997 US Open after defeating Australia’s Olivia Rogowska 6-3 7-5.
The second-round victory takes Kostyuk’s unbroken streak of victories at Melbourne Park to 11 – six en route to last year’s junior title, three after making good on her qualifying wildcard last week, and now the first two Grand Slam match wins of her fledgling career, having taken out No.25 seed Shuai Peng in the first round.
“I'm happy, just happy – I made it through,” says Kostyuk, who remains relatively unfazed for a player whose reputation is growing with each passing victory – perhaps in part on account of her manager, Roger Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic. “I beat some records or repeat them every year, so I feel okay.
“Ivan is always helping me when he sees me. After every match he's telling me what was wrong – not everything is right even when I win.”