Australian Open: Fourth seed Elina Svitolina turns up heat to survive scare

Spain's Rafael Nadal dashes to reach the ball as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne Australia Monday Jan. 15 2018. (AP

Wearing a sleeveless shirt that reminded fans of his early years, the 2009 Australian Open victor played with Mayer. Yeah, it's gonna be very exciting for me and hopefully I can be ready for that match.

Kostyuk is set to face fellow Ukrainian Elina Svitolina after the world No. 4 fought back in sweltering heat to beat Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Nadal, a losing finalist a year ago to Roger Federer, played Leonardo Mayer in the third match on center court.

It had commentators gushing that Kostyuk was "the future of tennis" as she extended her win streak at Melbourne Park to an incredible 11 matches after lifting the Australian Open girls' title in 2017 and coming through qualifying this year.

Sensational Martha Kostiuk at the age of 15, will play in the third round of the adult tournament series Grand slam.

The 15-year-old was rewarded with an all-Ukrainian clash against fourth seed Elina Svitolina as her fairytale run at the year's first Grand Slam continued with a win over local wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5.

World number 59 Siniakova, who also took Svitolina to three sets at the U.S. Open previous year, really went for her shots, hitting 11 winners, and it was she who managed to get the upper hand in an arm-wrestle of a 50-minute set.

"I thought I was going to melt today, it was not easy and I was struggling a bit", Svitolina said. I feel a bit, you know, when everything will pass it will be less attention.

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"I take the phone, and I had to eat at the same time. So I can say that I'm working pretty hard".

On a hot Melbourne day, Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic advanced, with last year's Wimbledon finalist easily beating Joao Sousa.

On the men's side, No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta was leading 6-2, 3-0 when Gilles Simon retired from their second-round match.

But Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist past year, became the latest seed to slump out in the women's draw, which has been shorn of leading names over the first two rounds.

In other action, Belinda Bencic, the first-round conqueror of Venus Williams, lost out to Thailand's Lusika Kumkhum.

Rafael Nadal resumes his march towards a 17th Grand Slam later on Rod Laver Arena, after dispelling any lingering injury concerns in his opening match.

"I'm going to deal with it".

"I didn't feel like she was 15 at all", Rogowska told reporters.

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