By CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sports activities Author
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – It’s tough to maintain your thoughts targeted on tennis when your loved ones residence in Ukraine is bombed.
Anhelina Kalinina and Lesia Tsurenko did simply that at Wimbledon on Monday, successful their opening matches on the Grand Slam subject match to arrange a second-round assembly between the 2.
“Thank God they’re alive, they’re protected,” Kalinina stated of her household, explaining that their residence was destroyed by a Russian assault throughout the conflict. However they reside like many different Ukrainians, (from their luggage), so that you by no means know what is going to occur tomorrow, as a result of every thing typically appears calm. “However yesterday there have been two rockets in Kiev, within the middle.”
The twenty ninth Kalinina superior to the second spherical defeating Anna Bondar 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Tsurenko defeated Britain’s Jodie Burrage 6-2, 6-3.
“I don’t really feel nicely,” stated Tsurenko, who’s apprehensive as a result of her home within the capital is near a spot that has been attacked. “So each time it’s like my space, my space of the town the place I reside, it’s bombed … I feel that when the conflict began, I began to really feel this stress inside me, and I feel even when I work each day with a psychologist and I attempt, I don’t I do know, nonetheless, to attempt to keep away from these feelings, it’s not possible. “
Each gamers is not going to should face Russian or Belarusian opponents as a result of athletes from these international locations have been banned from competing at Wimbledon this yr. On account of this resolution, gamers is not going to be awarded rating factors throughout the match.
“I used to be not likely proud of that call,” Tsurenko stated, though he did agree with the ban. “I feel the sanctions and all of the athletes banned from sport by Russia and Belarus have an enormous motive for this. I feel these selections are honest and the sanctions are honest.”
Kalinina stated it was not honest to contemplate the difficulty of rating factors when speaking a couple of conflict.
“We can’t examine the WTA factors, we can’t examine this ban of those gamers with what’s presently taking place in Ukraine,” stated Kalinina. “We can’t examine what they’re lacking now and what number of tens of millions of individuals have been killed, nonetheless dying., And what number of refugees have been introduced in and survived, with moms with their kids, individuals are with out cash, with out households, with out jobs.
“They don’t have anything. They’re like homeless.”
On the French Open, Tsurenko complained about the truth that extra of her different gamers weren’t popping out in help of Ukraine. However she and Kalinina have obtained loads of help from the group.
Considered one of these two will attain the third spherical they usually plan to speak about what they’ll do of their match to deliver extra recognition to their nation.
“We’ll see,” Kalinina stated. “We are going to talk about.”
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