Aryna Sabalenka, who certified for the ultimate of the Indian Wells 1,000-category event yesterday, has spoken out clearly in regards to the issues within the girls’s locker room between the Russian and Belarusian gamers with respect to the Ukrainian gamers.
“I believe the WTA is doing every part it may to manage the state of affairs, however there’s clearly rigidity between us. I nonetheless consider that I’ve not performed something to the Ukrainians and neither have the Russian and Belarusian athletes. A few of us, like me, are even serving to, albeit privately,” stated the 24-year-old Minsk native and world no.2.
Relating to the refusal of the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko to take the courtroom to play the second spherical of the event with Sabalenka, the Belarusian is evident that “it should have been her coach. I had an issue with him final yr and I am positive he put stress on her to not play”.
Nikita Vlasov, Tsurenko‘s coach, additionally gave his aspect: “How are you going to be calm whenever you play with a Belarusian who helps the battle? Each day we get up studying about how many individuals have died in Ukraine. One in every of Lesia’s finest buddies has been held by the Russians for six months.”
The participant from Minsk is regarded with suspicion due to her shut relationship with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has proven his unconditional assist for Vladimir Putin because the first day of the battle.