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Kostyuk, After Loss to Gauff: I’m Here to Grow

Kostyuk, After Loss to Gauff: I'm Here to Grow

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday January 23, 2024

For Marta Kostyuk, the excruciating experience of missing a very makeable forehand on set point in the opening set of her first Grand Slam quarterfinal was overshadowed by the fortitude she displayed to overcome her mistakes and remain competitive over the course of her 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 2-6 loss to Coco Gauff on Tuesday in Melbourne.

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The 21-year-old may have lost on the scoreboard, but she feels she won where it matters most, in her mind.

β€œI won for myself today, and I think it’s the most important thing,” she said in her post-match press conference. β€œIt’s just the beginning of the season. Looking forward for what’s ahead. I think it’s just a tennis match, you know. I’m here to grow, to learn, to be better. Yeah, very proud of myself.”

Of her mistakes in the opening set, Kostyuk said, in the end it’s not what decides a match. Everyone makes mistakes.

β€œFor me, it’s a win because I was playing one of the best girls in the world, managed to be still very close,” she said. β€œIt feels far but also very close. This whole tournament I think is a big win for me.”

The Big Lesson?

Asked what her biggest takeaway from her first trip to a major quarterfinal was, Kostyuk said the following:

β€œI think the first one is dream big. It really is,” she said. β€œThere is really no limit in human possibilities I think.”

Kostyuk said that in her head she came to some very important realizations, and added that she is looking forward to continuing her journey with a fresh cluster of knowledge in her back pocket.

β€œAlso one of big lessons I had was just in my head,” she said. β€œOvercoming certain things that I couldn’t overcome for some time.”

For the Ukrainian the goal is to win a Grand Slam someday, but just as important, she says, is living a balanced and fruitful life.

β€œIt takes a lot of work, takes a lot of conscious living,” she said. β€œBut I’m very happy to be on this journey and, you know, just looking forward to what else I can learn. I mean, there are obviously millions and billions of things that I don’t know, but I’m just excited for what they are.

β€œIt’s just about learning and growing.”

Kostyuk says that she wants the best of both worlds, on the court and off. β€œIf…

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