Iga Swiatek takes sides: "We should all support Ukraine"
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Iga Swiatek overcame Lesia Tsurenko in one hour and fifteen minutes and takes the pass for the round of 16 of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. A match, which after some initial rust, immediately turns on the tracks of the number one in the world, who concedes just two games to the thirty-three-year-old Ukrainian.
The Pole demonstrates far and wide on the court her superiority over the number 68 of the Wta ranking, putting the record straight on her title ambitions. Swiatek will face the winner of the match between Donna Vekic and Liudmila Samsonova in the next round.
At the end of the match, the conversation between the two tennis players, subnet, after the handshake, did not escape the cameras.
The splendid soothing message of Iga Swiatek
In the press conference, Iga said: "She thanked me for supporting Ukraine but he also did it in Miami.
It's really nice and I appreciate it a lot. Even if I think there's nothing to thank, because for me it's It's quite obvious that we should all support Ukraine, and I will until the end of the war. I know they are going through a really difficult situation, so I have a lot of empathy for the men and women tennis players in that country." The three-time Grand Slam champion has always shown herself to be particularly sensitive to this issue.
The 21-year-old hosted the Iga Swiatek and friends for Ukraine event in Krakow last summer, which featured a mixed doubles match between former world number two and Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska and Sergiy Stakhovsky on one side and Polish junior Martyn Pawelski and Iga herself on the other.
The event was followed live by over one million viewers and by almost 15,000 people in the stands. The tournament raised more than half a million dollars for war-affected Ukrainian children and youth. About Rafael Nadal, Iga said: "I wish he could play, of course.
I really respect the type of warrior he is, he always tries to push himself, to be better and to compete at the highest level. I don't know how much he suffers, I don't want to see him suffer, I'm a bit biased because I'd love to see him play again.
If he's going to suffer, I know he's not going to entertain him. I just hope he's healthy and happy, that's the main focus no matter what with tennis."