Danka Kovinic reacts to stunning Emma Raducanu in Melbourne

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Danka Kovinic reacts to stunning Emma Raducanu in Melbourne

World No. 98 Danka Kovinic was super happy and proud after reaching her first Australian Open third round. Kovinic, 27, stunned US Open champion Emma Raducanu 6-4 4-6 6-3 to set up a Simona Halep clash in Melbourne. "It's my first time to be in the third round after so many years and it is, honestly, it is an amazing feeling because I really wanted this for so long," said Kovinic afterwards, per the WTA website.

"And I'm so glad that I can be the first Montenegrin ever to make it to this round. "In general, I'm very proud to be here and to represent Montenegro as the only player in WTA or ATP on tour. So I'm making these results and making history in tennis for Montenegro.

It's a huge thing for me, and hopefully there will be many more kids, boys and girls, following my path in the future, which I really hope, and I will try to help them out to reach my level and to be even better than I am today."

Kovininic wanted to play her game

Kovinic admitted she felt a bit confused after Raducanu made adjustments in the second set but once she figured it all out she won in three sets. "I'm the kind of player that I really want to focus on myself and to try to make my own game on the court," Kovinic said.

"So I knew some basic things about her, which my coach told me, and which I was trying to put in the court. The problem was in the second set when she started to change her game a little bit. Then I got confused - what's going on, if she can play or she cannot play or what's wrong with her forehand.

Then once again when I started just to think about myself and to be focused on my own game, then I found composure again on the court, and the things got better."