Elina Svitolina from Ukraine won Anastasia Potapova at the Monterey Open in Russia

MEXICO – Elina Svitolina dressed within the yellow and blue of Ukraine and defeated Russian Anastasia Potapova within the opening spherical of the Monterey Open on Tuesday 6-2, 6-1, deciding she may do extra for her nation by enjoying a boycott of the match.

Prime-ranked Svitolina stated earlier that he is not going to play in opposition to Potapova in Mexico or in opposition to Russian or Belarusian opponents till the Worldwide Tennis Federation and males’s and ladies’s tennis excursions have banned opponents from these international locations utilizing nationwide symbols, flags or anthems.

The tennis governing our bodies issued an announcement on Tuesday confirming that Russian and Belarusian gamers will proceed to be allowed to play on the high degree, however with out nationwide flags.

“As we speak it was a really particular match for me,” Svitolina, 27, stated. “I’m in a really unhappy temper, however I’m glad I’m enjoying tennis right here.

“I used to be targeted. I used to be on a mission for my nation. From the start, it was necessary to be ready for every little thing that got here up.”

Svitolina is a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist with 16 tour-level doubles in his profession, rating even primary. 3 and is at the moment no. 15.

“All of the prize cash I’m going to earn will go to the Ukrainian Military,” stated Svitolina, who received this match in 2020. There’s $ 31,000 for the champion on the Monterrey Open.

Svitolina, who broke his move within the first and third video games on the best way to a skewed win from Potapova in 64 minutes, is enjoying within the second spherical in opposition to Viktoriya Tomova.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started on Tuesday, the sixth day, as an enormous convoy of Russian tanks and armored automobiles was on its strategy to the capital, Kiev, and preventing intensified there and in different main cities.

Russia bombed a number of necessary targets in Kiev and the nation’s second-largest metropolis, Kharkov, killing at the least 11 folks and wounding dozens of others, Ukrainian authorities stated.

Svitolina stated in a put up on social media on Monday that his objective in demanding tennis to observe the instance of the Worldwide Olympic Committee and demand that Russian and Belarusian gamers be acknowledged as solely “impartial athletes” was not in opposition to particular person opponents.

“I don’t blame any Russian athletes,” Svitolina wrote. “They aren’t liable for the assault on our homeland.”

Additionally on Tuesday, Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska received the Romanian Ana Bogdan in her 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7) opening match on the Lyon Open in France.

Yastremska’s match got here simply 4 days after he fled his homeland and arrived in Romania by boat earlier than attending to Lyon by Saturday. In an Instagram put up, he wrote that he spent two days in a sheltered underground parking storage as Russian troops superior earlier than he left Ukraine.

“I’m glad I received for my nation, however on the similar time I’m very unhappy,” Yastremska, 21, stated after successful Tuesday. – My coronary heart stays at dwelling and my thoughts fights right here, so discovering focus and steadiness may be very troublesome.

“This victory, in contrast to what’s occurring in my nation, is nothing. However I’m comfortable, at the least I’m additionally preventing for my nation. I’m actually happy with the Ukrainians and they’re actually heroes. I hope every little thing will finish quickly.”

The Related Press participated on this report.

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