Ukraine invasion disrupts even more top-level sport
More than a year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the support of Belarus, tennis is still struggling to manage the situation at its tournaments. The players of these two countries compete under a neutral flag, but the odds of the schedule favor the Ukrainians or the Ukrainians against them. Tensions rose this week as Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko lost to No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka.e Round.
“There’s definitely a lot of tension between us.”Agreed Belarusian Noh 2 World, Friday. “But I am sure that I have done no wrong to the Ukrainians – neither me nor the Russians”She rallied to reach the final of the WTA 1000 in Indian Wells, California, after defeating the previous Australian Open winner, Maria Zakari of Greece.
“None of us has control over this situation. We all try to keep calm in the locker room… We all understand the Ukrainians and we feel really bad for them.She added.
Ukrainian player Lesia Tsurenko explained on the Ukraine site Great tennis A victim “Panic Attack” After a conversation with the WTA boss about the effects of the war in his country. Polish noh 1 world, Iga Swiatek, said he understood Tsurenko. “Honestly, I respect Ukrainian women very much, because if a bomb fell in my country or my house was destroyed, I don’t know if I would be able to withstand it. »
“No one can control other people’s emotions. I think the WTA is doing its best on that front to support both sides.”Assessed Sabalenka before moving on: “Tsurenko’s departure was not due to a panic attack or the political situation. (…) I think there is something more. I was in a very difficult situation with his coach last year because of the way he treated me. That guy put too much pressure on him and that’s why it happened.”She continued without giving further details about the incident.
“I went through a lot of hard times, but unfortunately I can’t say that, because who’s going to believe a Belarusian girl? »Sabalenka concluded.
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