This is the half-year life of a tennis player who will be 19 years old within a few weeks after the Wimbledon Open: ecstasy, arm overload and long-term isolation traps after the semi-finals of Abu Dhabi in January China’s helplessness before the Australian Open. In February, after the first round of the game, he quickly bid farewell to Melbourne, plus training backlog, unhealed arms and returning to Ukraine. Also: Coronavirus infection is so strong that it ends in the emergency room, antibiotics, and long-term weakness. End of March: Round trip to Miami, losing in the first round. April: Semi-finals in Istanbul, where she beat the othersin. Daria Kasatkina and Ana Konjuh, but she was eliminated only with the recent great Sorana Cirstea. The constant fluctuations of emotions tear down what has been established and start over.
For a 19-year-old sportsman, many things-as Marta Kostiuk’s friend Paul Bados said, this is another revelation of this year’s French Open-70% or 80% of everything depends on the mind. And here is also about a nineteen-year-old girl who was told a few years ago that there was only one way to go before her. For a child who is accustomed to him always being the focus of attention in sports: she practiced athletic gymnastics and achieved good results, she started playing tennis-it got better. At the age of thirteen, she delivered a speech in the Ukrainian parliament and called on members of parliament to raise more funds for sports, or at least encourage businessmen to exchange tax breaks in exchange for sponsoring athletes. Otherwise, Ukraine will lose its great talents. She said: I know there is a war in the East, but you also need to help sports in some way. In the interview, she talked about patriotism, about the night spent in Maidan during the protest, and once she refused to compete in Russia because she thought the war would go badly. Once, Marta was so quarrelsome with Marta that her parents decided that it would be better for her daughter to move her daughter from a tennis club somewhere in Kiev to an academy abroad. Later, Croat Ivan Ljubicic (Croat Ivan Ljubicic) took care of her in his tennis agency and Cannes Academy.
Marta Kostiuk is one year younger than Iga Świątek, but for a time she seemed to be far ahead of Iga in tennis. In 2017, she won the Australian Open Junior Championship and became the second youngest tennis player in the history of the event. When she rode the French Open last year, she was already under pressure. She felt that everyone was expecting her to win that Grand Slam, and she didn’t even have the money to buy a decent hotel in Paris. The family’s financial reserves have just been used up. The money for Marta’s first international competition was raised in the tennis club run by her mother Talia Bejko. She was a promising tennis player. Is the first singles champion of independent Ukraine). A player there agreed to fund the game and hire a coach for Marta. But it worked in the short term. After Marta visited the parliament, the MPs promised not only to amend the law but also to get off the car, but soon forgot the promise (“They are still collecting”-she laughed in one of the interviews) . The sponsors did not come forward. For a while, Marta’s career was supported by the out-of-pocket financial support of the Ukrainian Tennis Association chairman and businessman Serhiy Lahur.
A hotel in Paris, it turns out that they don’t need a hotel for too long this year: Marta was eliminated after two games. But the Grand Slam won that year: the US Open, but in doubles. Then Kostiuk made a sensation at the 2018 Australian Open, but not at the Junior Open. As a 15-year-old qualifier, she rose from 591th to the third round. Expectations soared again, although she did not stop being a child. “I live in a parallel reality, as if I have two dates of birth. As far as tennis requirements are concerned, I seem to be a few years older. I asked myself: How old am I?”-She recently reported on the tennis website. As always, over time, she discovered that it was not someone who asked her for anything, but someone who saw her as another Martina Hingis. Only she has set her goal so high that she has integrated all the pressure from the outside into her world.
The pressure on female tennis players of her age has increased even further. According to regulations, the restrictions on the professional games that players between 15 and 18 years old can participate in within a year have gradually increased, from 10 to 16 years old. This is to protect the young body from fatigue. But on the other hand, it has increased the pressure to take advantage of these opportunities this season. “Some girls on the tour used this restriction. But my demands on myself are too high, I can’t accept it,” he said. She watched Bianca Andreescu, two years older than her, win the U.S. Open. Since Iga Świątek is over a year old, the French Open won. Then it’s hard to settle down peacefully in your mind, and her advanced tennis era will also come.
She has to accept the fact that everyone has their own pace on this road. She reorganized her life by the court, and then she also felt the changes in tennis. After her eighteenth birthday, she moved to her apartment in Kiev. As an adult, from a greater distance, she began to appreciate her debt to her mother, the coach. Talyna Bejko has never been higher than the 400th place in the WTA rankings. One of the two victories in her career was in Lodz, in a small flour tournament in 1994, and a year later she played in the final in Lodz. A year later, she ended her career. But as a trainer, she continues to develop and learn. He continued to support his daughter during the game, even if they were calm at times. -I had to lose a lot and try to cooperate with others to appreciate the care we received-Kostiuk said. By the end of 2020, due to, for example, qualifying for the third round of points at the US Open, she entered the top 100 of the WTA for the first time. Today she is ranked 81st, but the ranking is unreliable. In Paris, Kostik is like a top tennis player. The top tennis players in Paris-except for Iga Świątek and Sofia Kenin-are not there. Kostiuk has not lost a set in the 2021 French Open. It was surprisingly easy to eliminate Gabin Muguruza in the first round. Then she won easily with Saisai Zheng and Warwara Graceva.
Not long ago, when she heard that she had performed so well this year and reached the two semi-finals of the WTA Tour in Abu Dhabi and Istanbul, she shrugged: “I did not do well, I know what happened along the way. .” She could not accept that her arm was overloaded first, and then Coronavirus A bacterial infection prevented her from participating in some competitions in Australia, Qatar, Dubai, Mexico and Charleston. But Paris temporarily made up for everything.
As she herself said, no tennis weapon is very powerful. However, he has never been defenseless in court. He appreciates this: diversity. “When it doesn’t go, I always have 10 options to choose from,” he said. He likes to take the initiative on the court and play boldly. She has not dealt with Iga Świątek in professional tennis. Who knows, maybe the tennis game of many years has just been born.