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“Difficult day for Ukrainians”: Elina Svitolina cried at Wimbledon

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul9,2024

"Difficult day for Ukrainians": Elina Svitolina cried at Wimbledon

Elina Svitolina won Wimbledon on July 8/photo from Svitolina's Instagram

Elina Svitolina could not contain her emotions due to the massive shelling of Ukraine by the Russian military on July 8. On the same day, Elina Svitolina advanced at Wimbledon.

Elina Svitolina reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2024, defeating China's Yu Wang in straight sets 6:2, 6:1. This is reported by Suspilne. Sports.

Svitolina went to the match against the Chinese woman with a black armband as a sign of grief due to the massive shelling of Ukraine by Russia, during which in Kyiv the premises of the “Okhmatdyt” children's hospital were damaged. Across Ukraine, at least 28 people were killed and more than 100 injured.

The match lasted 56 minutes, after which Svitolina gave an emotional flashback, admitting that it was difficult for her to concentrate because of news of the shelling.

No doubt it was a good game. But it was a difficult day for Ukrainians,
– said Svitolina, not holding back tears.

Elina Svitolina recalled the massive missile attack on July 8: watch the video

After a break, the tennis player explained that it was difficult for her to concentrate on the game and to go out at all court because of the tragic news from Ukraine.

“So yes, it was not so easy to concentrate on the game. It was very difficult to read the news from the very morning, it was extremely difficult to go on the court. So I am glad that I played and won,” Svitolina added.

Elina Svitolina will play her next match at Wimbledon against Kazakhstan's Yelena Rybakina, the world's fourth-ranked player, who lost to Roland Garros in the fourth round of the previous Grand Slam.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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