Marta Kostyuk shocked: Soldier was killed for using the same words that I used
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Marta Kostyuk won her maiden Wta title at the ATX Open in Austin. Despite this, it is hard to say that Kostyuk is overjoyed, especially with the current events in her country and the war that has been raging for a long time now.
Following her victory in the final, Kostyuk paid tribute to her country by saying, "Glory to Ukraine!". As soon as Kostyuk had won the match, she watched a video that caused a great surge of negative emotions to flood her body.
She couldn't believe what she was seeing. "A series of shocking events just float past me. But there's one that's completely overwhelmed and paralyzed me. It made me sick for three days," Marta Kostyuk said, as quoted by sportskeeda.com "When I won the trophy in Austin, I said in my thank-you speech, "Glory to Ukraine!" And then I saw a video of our soldier digging his own grave and saying the same salute.
Whereupon he is executed. He was killed for using the same words that I used."
Marta Kostyuk criticizes WTA
A number of times, Marta Kostyuk has criticized the WTA for not doing enough in regards to the banning of Russian and Belarussian players.
Currently, Ukraine is experiencing a difficult situation as a result of the actions of these two countries. It is Kostyuk's hope that things will change in the near future. "And in these conditions we have to compete with the representatives of aggressor countries, because the WTA decided not to ban them.
Ukrainians are in such conditions because of what Russia and Belarus are doing. In other words, these countries with their actions knowingly created an advantage for their athletes over Ukrainian athletes," Kostyuk said. It's hard to play when your country is in huge trouble, but Marta has shown countless times how strong she is and how much she loves this sport.