July 23rd, 2024

Elina Svitolina wins at Wimbledon on ‘difficult day’ for Ukraine

By The Associated Press on July 8, 2024.

LONDON (AP) – Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina fought back tears after her victory at Wimbledon on Monday following news of a Russian missile attack in her home country.

She beat Wang Xinyu 6-2, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals.

“It’s a very difficult day today for Ukrainian people,” she said. “So yes, it was not easy to focus today on the match. Since the morning, it’s very difficult to read the news.”

A major Russian missile attack across Ukraine killed dozens and injured more than 150 people, officials said. One missile hit a large children’s hospital in the capital of Kyiv.

Svitolina, who reached the semifinals twice at the All England Club, including last year, wore a black ribbon on her white shirt during the match.

“Thank you for your support,” she told the Wimbledon crowd

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AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis

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