Elina Svitolina of Ukraine wins the opening match against Monterrey

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine wins the opening match against Monterrey

2022-03-02 04:50:17 GMT+00:00 – First Class Elina Svitolina from Ukraine, in the national colors blue and yellow, won on a special night for me, defeating Russia’s Anastasia Potapova 6-2, 6-1 day Tuesday in the first round of Abierto BNP Seguros in Monterrey, Mexico.

Svitolina was outspoken in the wake of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, declaring that she would refuse to play a Russian or Belarusian opponent unless the tennis hierarchy began attacking the nationality of these players.

The ATP Tour, the WTA Tour, the International Tennis Federation and the governing bodies for the four Grand Slam tournaments issued a joint statement on Tuesday banning Russian and Belarusian teams from international tournaments, while allowing individual players to compete without their national flag and without recognition of citizenship. . †

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Then Svitolina, ranked 15th in the world, agreed to play against Potapova in 115th place. The match lasted just over an hour, with Svitolina saving all three break points.

Elsewhere in the event, United States Sloane Stephens withdrew shortly before she was scheduled to play her opening match. Stevens had just won the title in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday, her first tournament in nearly four years.

Croatia’s Petra Martic beat third-seeded American Madison Keys 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-3, while China’s Xinyu Wang beat eighth seed An Li 6-2 6-1. Other winners include Spain’s Nuria Barezas Diaz, the sixth seed, China’s Qiang Wang and Kenwen Zhang and Czech Marie Bozkova.

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Four days after fleeing her native Ukraine during the Russian invasion, Diana Yastremska won a thrilling three hours and five minutes against Romania’s Anna Bogdan, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7) in the first round in Lyon. , France.

“This victory, compared to what is happening in my country, is nothing,” Yastremska said after collecting two match points and 11 of 16 break points to keep the match going.

France’s Caroline Garcia shocked her court on Tuesday by defeating Italian First Division Camila Giorgi 5-7, 6-4, 6-0. Garcia, who is based in Lyon, capitalized on Giorgi’s 12 double faults, racking up four of his six break points and breaking Giorgi five times on six chances.

The other winners were Romania’s second seed Sorana Kirstia, Belgium’s seventh seed Alison van Uytvanck, China’s eighth seed Shuai Zhang, Germany’s Tamara Korbach, Italy’s Martina Trevisan and Dutchman Arantexa Ross.

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