Lesia Tsurenko attacks hard Anastasia Potapova: the words
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 373
Two cases shook the women's Tour during the WTA 1000 in Indian Wells. These are the effects of the war between Ukraine and Russia continue to create tensions in the tennis world as well. Just think that Nikita Vlasov, coach of Tsurenko, said against Aryna Sabalenka: "It's your fault, you support the bloody regime of your dictator.
You are completely on his side. The terrible events are also your fault, Aryna, as are everyone else on the side of the regimes in Belarus and Russia." Lesia Tsurenko forfeited a few hours after the match against the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka due to a panic attack.
“It was a panic attack, it was hard to breathe. A few days ago I had a discussion with WTA CEO Steve Simon and I was shocked by what he said to me. Simon explained to me that he would like Russians and Belarusians to be given the opportunity to participate in the Olympics.
He also added that he would feel terrible if he were in my shoes and that he himself doesn't support the war, but if the Russian and Belarusian players support it, that's just their opinion."
Lesia Tsurenko attacks Anastasia Potapova hard: what happened
Lesia Tsurenko the attacks Potapova hard.
The 21-year-old from Saratov wore the shirt of the Spartak Moscow football team before facing Jessica Pegula on Indian Wells Central Court. A gesture that led the WTA to formally admonish her and condemn her behavior, considered unacceptable and inappropriate.
Just Tsurenko, in an interview with the French newspaper L'Equipe, harshly attacked her colleague. She told: “Steve Simon believes tennis players can support the invasion of Russia and not be penalized. This thing hurt me, because I felt abandoned.
What Anastasia Potapova did the other day is proof that she doesn't understand the horror of war." Tsurenko then wanted to thank Iga Swiatek for the continuous demonstrations of affection towards the Ukrainian people. "She is a true number 1 both as a person and as a tennis player. I really appreciate all the support she is giving to all of us," concluded the Ukrainian tennis player.