Lesia Tsurenko reached the second round of Wimbledon 2022 by defeating the local Brit Jodie Anna Burrage 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and she will face compatriot Anhelina Kalinina in the second round. Tsurenko is a former world number 23, hailing from Ukraine and it was a heroic effort from her to come out and play with such intensity despite all the troubles and distractions due to the dreadful state of her country.
The Russia-Ukraine war which began in February has continued to ravage Ukraine for five months now and the state lies in utter chaos with missiles falling left and right, cavalry marching in guns blazing, and the people living in an abject state of terror. Tsurenko, whose parents still live in Ukraine has described the gut-wrenching pain of her family in the country. The situation is also true for millions of Ukrainians.
Lesia Tsurenko’s parents live on bags and pray every day.
Tsurenko recounted the situation of her parents and unfortunately, it symbolizes what most of the Ukrainians are going through in this war. She said: “My parents’ house was bombed. There are huge holes in the building, like, huge. They rebuild it and live in my apartment and my husband’s, it’s a very small apartment for my mom, dad, brother and their pets.”
“But they are happy to have a place to move from Irpin. Thank God they are alive and safe. But you never know what will happen tomorrow because sometimes it looks calm, but yesterday two rockets hit the center of Kiev. So they live on the bags and pray every day.” Tsurenko’s final words were tear-jerking as common people have to fear for their lives every day due to the war. But, such is the devastating and heartbreaking reality of war.
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