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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday April 23, 2021

Marta Kostyuk

Marty Kostyuk defeated Ana Konjuh in three tough sets to take her place in the Istanbul semis.

Photo Source: Gökhan Taner/ Istanbul Open

After a strong start to the 2021 season, 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk is finding her form again. The teenager topple resurgent Croatian Ana Konjuh, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to set a semifinal date with Sorana Cirstea at the Istanbul Open.

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"Ana is an amazing player, she's been Top 20 I think, and it's a big achievement,” Kostyuk said. “I fought for this win, so it was a very close game, so I mean obviously it's important to win matches like this especially for the confidence and for the experience."

The 18-year-old improves to 8-4 on the season, 3-0 on clay and 3-1 in three-setters. She impressively took down Daria Kasatkina in straight sets in her second-round match.

Konjuh, who is still making her way back to the tour after four surgeries to her right arm, was playing her first WTA quarterfinal since 2017.

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Elise Mertens took out Katerina Siniakova, 6-4 6-4, to reach the semifinals. The top-seeded Belgian will square off with Volvo Car Open champion Veronika Kudermetova. The Russian edged Ana Bogdan 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 for her eighth consecutive victory on Friday.


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