Melbourne - Teenage sensation Marta Kostyuk was in tears after her Australian
Open adventure ended on Friday, but the "future of tennis" is determined to
learn from the experience.
Fourth seed Elina Svitolina breezed
past her Ukraine compatriot 6-2, 6-2 in just 59 minutes, leaving the
15-year-old sobbing on her mum's shoulder, but Kostyuk wasn't down for
"How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson? I got it for free," she told reporters.
"I learn that you can play against everyone," Kostyuk added of what she gained from facing the world number four.
had the chances, but because I thought, like, she is incredible, she's a
god, I cannot do anything against her, that's the problem."
said she had actually been a pretty pricey tutor, with the difference
between winning and losing in the third round a cool $97,500.
"It was expensive, because we play for prize money," she said with a smile, adding that there were better teachers.
"I'm not good with these kind of things because I don't want to seem like a wise ass.
not sure she really needs advice from me. She has her mum, she has
coaches who do an amazing job. So, you know, I've nothing really to
add," said the world number four.
Kostyuk had been labelled the
"future of tennis" by TV commentator and former player Sam Smith after
becoming the youngest Australian Open second-round winner since "Swiss
Miss" Martina Hingis in 1996.
But she produced a nervous,
error-strewn third-round display against Svitolina and that, she said,
was why she was inconsolable as she returned to the locker room.
"Well, because I know that I could play much better. It was, like, honestly I played really, really bad today.
to her, of course. I'm not saying she's bad player. I'm just saying I
played bad. I didn't show even maybe even 10 percent of what I can."
gave Kostyuk a huge hug and some words of consolation in a tender
moment at the end of the game and said she was proud of her young
"I think she will remember this moment for all her
life," said Svitolina. "So that's why (I did it). You know, it was very
Kostyuk has shown maturity beyond her years this week on
and off court and will stay on in Australia to play Fed Cup for Ukraine
But the crying?
"I also can be a kid, you know," she said. "It's not like I'm always like this, serious. I'm still 15."