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  • 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk stunned the tennis world on day three in Melbourne (Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)Source: Icon Sportswire/Getty Images
A 15-year-old entered the spotlight on Wednesday, while some favourites set course for the second week of this year's Australian Open. But before that, tennis fans are getting ready for a 'Super Thursday' ahead.
By
Maria Schaller

18 Jan 2018 - 1:10 AM  UPDATED 18 Jan 2018 - 1:54 AM

On Day three of the 'Happy Slam' we witnessed a teenage dream come true:

At only 15 years of age, Marta Kostyuk from the Ukraine is the first player born in 2002 to qualify for a Grand Slam and the youngest to win a main draw game in Australia since the great Martina Hingis back in 1997.

“I'm happy, just happy – I made it through,” Kostyuk, last year’s Australian Open girls’ singles champion, told the media after her win against Australian wildcard holder Olivia Rogowska. 

Soon afterwards, another surprise win stunned Melbourne Park.

Thailand's qualifier Liksika Kumhkum, world number 124, upset Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, who managed to eliminate 2017 runner-up Venus Williams in round one.

Much less of a surprise was Rafael Nadal's victory over Leonardo Mayer from Argentina.

Caroline Wozniacki had to fight a 2 hours 38 minutes battle against Jana Fett (Cro) before she succeeded. 

Aussie hopeful Daria Gavrilova was shocked by Belgium's Elise Bertens, who made it to the next round at 2am.

US qualifier Mackenzie McDonald forced Grigor Dimitrov into a five-sets-thriller, with a fortunate end for the world number three. 

Nick Kyrgios also went through to round three, defeating Viktor Troicki from Serbia in straight sets. 

But the world's tennis elite also got the chance to meet some true locals on Wednesday:

With a tremendous day ahead, there's no time to rest.

It's going to be a 'Super Thursday'.

Roger Federer is about to face underdog Jan-Lennard Struff. But while the world number 55 sounds like an easy match for the 2017 champion, most experts believe that the young German has what it takes to cause problems for Federer.

We will also see six times Melbourne winner Novak Djokovic who's awaiting a round-two clash with French showman Gael Monfils.

Stan Wawrinka will take on Tennja Sangren (US), and Alexander Zverev has an all-German game against Peter Gojowczyk ahaid.

In the Women's draw, Angelique Kerber will take it up against Donna Vekic (Cro), Maria Sharapova meets Anastasija Sevastova (Lat).

The Aussie fans can prepare for another big night session, with Ash Bartey facing Camila Giorgi on Rod Laver.