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There is “a lot of tension” with Ukrainian women, says Aryna Sabalenka




“But I remain convinced that I did nothing wrong to the Ukrainians – neither me, nor the Russians”, defended Aryna Sabalenka.

(Indian Wells) “Of course there is a lot of tension between us”, admitted the Belarusian world No.2 Aryna Sabalenka, Friday, about the relations, in the context of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, between players and players from the three countries.

“But I remain convinced that I did nothing wrong to the Ukrainians – neither me nor the Russians”, defended the winner of the last Australian Open, after her victory at the expense of the Greek Maria Sakkari, for reach the WTA 1000 final in Indian Wells, California.

“None of us has control over this situation. We all try to stay calm in the locker room… we all understand Ukrainians and we feel really bad for them,” she added.

More than a year after the Russian invasion in Ukraine, with the support of Belarus, tennis is still struggling to manage the situation in its tournaments. The players of these two nations compete under neutral flag, but the chance of the tables can very well oppose them to Ukrainians or Ukrainians.

And the tension escalated a notch this week, when a player from this country, Lesia Tsurenko withdrew just before meeting Sabalenka at 3e round.

Tsurenko then explained to the Ukrainian site Big Tennis, having suffered a “panic attack” after a conversation with the boss of the WTA on the consequences of the war in his country.

Polish world No.1 Iga Swiatek reacted, saying she understood Tsurenko. “Honestly, I respect Ukrainian women a lot, because if a bomb fell in my country or my house was destroyed, I don’t know if I could bear it.”

“No one can control other people’s emotions. And I think the WTA is doing its best in this regard to support both parties,” said Sabalenka, before going on: “Tsurenko’s withdrawal is not due to a panic attack or the political situation “.

“I think there is something more. I found myself in a very difficult situation last year with his coach, because of the way he behaved with me. I think this guy put a lot of pressure on her, and that’s why it happened, ”she continued, without giving further details on this alleged incident.

“I went through so many hard times, but unfortunately I can’t say it, because, after all, who is going to believe the Belarusian girl? The more I talk, the better I stop,” Sabalenka concluded.

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Miami Open: Kvitova has managed to claim her first 1000 title in five years




Petra Kvitova beat Elena Rybakina 2-0, won the Miami Open and celebrated her first 1000m title since 2018.

Petra Kvitova returned to winning the title when she defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6 (14), 6-2after an hour and 42 minutes of competition, and was crowned champion of the Miami Open of Florida.

This was the first WTA 1000 title for the 33-year-old Czech since 2018, when she also won the Madrid Open, being her 9th at those events and 30th overall in her career.

On the other hand, the 23-year-old Kazakh has 11 straight victories while claiming the Sunshine Double, which is one of the best players of the moment. Facts that make Kvitova’s performance even more important.

Technically, in the 1st set up to the 8th game (4:4), both went hand in hand in terms of points, until the number 12 in the world made the first break of the match, which Rybakina immediately erased (5:5). ).

With two back-to-back love matches, the match went to the tiebreak, which was shocking (to say the least) as it lasted almost 12.5 minutes and was decided in detail. Czech Republic won with individual results 16-14(!) and laid the foundation for victory (7-6(14).

In the second part, Kvitova, with the momentum clearly on her side, started with 3/3 games won and doubled her breaks in the match (3:0).

The difference lingered until Game 7 (5-2) when the Czech found a way to double match point and serve WTA No. 7 again to win their first title in 5(!) years.

SOURCE: Tennis24

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VIDEO. How did Kvitova win Miami for the first time by beating Rybakina in the final?




The final match of the challenging tournament of the WTA 1000 series, held in Miami on Saturday, April 1, Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic, WTA 12) and Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan, WTA 12). The fight ended 7:6 (16:14), 6:2 in favor of the Czech representative.

Kvitova won a tournament in this category for the first time since 2018. After the title in Madrid, there were three losses in the final (Dubai 2019, Doha 2020 and Cincinnati 2022). Altogether, this is Petra’s 9th-thousandth title, with only Victoria Azarenka (10) and Serena Williams (13) having more.

Kvitova also won the Miami tournament for the first time.

Starting the new week, Kvitova will return to the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time since September 2021.

WTA 1000 Miami. Difficult. End

Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) – Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) – 7:6 (16:14), 6:2

Highlights of the match:

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The unlikely triumph of Petra Kvitova





Czech Petra Kvitova in a match against Kazakh Elena Rybakina on Saturday

Petra Kvitova overthrew the WTA Tour’s player of the hour, Elena Rybakina, to win the Miami tournament on Saturday afternoon in two sets of 7-6 (16/14) and 6-2.

Few observers had expected the presence of the 33-year-old player in the final of the tournament at the start of the week. And yet…

Kvitova was amazing. The Czech played like the dominant player she was between 2011 and 2014. She was uncompromising, firm and smart.

However, the battle was not easy. Especially in the 24-minute tiebreaker at the end of the second set.

The 12e racquet in the world forced the tournament winner from Indian Wells to make some unusual mistakes. Rybakina, certainly a victim of fatigue, given her success rate in recent months, was not herself on the ground.

Kvitova therefore gets her thirtieth career title.

More details will follow.

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