The world is currently at a standstill due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. The tensions between the two countries don’t seem to be settling down with Russia adamant about” invading Ukraine. Thousands of people have lost their lives while millions of them have lost their homes.
The war situation has affected almost every walk of life, including the sporting world. Many sports have banned Russian athletes from competing professionally while some, like tennis, have banned Russian flags from the sport. Many Ukrainian tennis players have been very active in condemning the Russians and even took a very firm stand against the Russians.
After Elina Svitolina, another Ukrainian tennis player, Lesia Tsurenko has shared heartbreaking details about her sufferings. Svitolina has been the most vocal athlete about the Russian invasion and indirectly forced WTA to take a firm stand against Russia. Now, Tsurenko, who is ranked No.135 in the world, has revealed how last month was the worst in her life.
She said that her life was filled with constant headaches, panic attacks, and guilt over the war in Ukraine. She added that now, after losing, she has to go back to Kyiv but amidst the war crisis, how does she do that? She also added that every Ukrainian has a nightmare story to share due to Russia’s invasion.
“After the worst month of my life with constant headaches, panic attacks, and guilt over the war in Ukraine, I face a new challenge… as a player based in Kyiv, I have nowhere to go. Now every Ukrainian has his own nightmare story…Where should I go?” Tsurenko said.
Lesia Tsurenko’s tough road on the tour
Lesia Tsurenko started the season by qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open before losing in the first round to eventual champion Ash Barty. She then once again bowed out in the first round at Guadalajara and didn’t even make it to the main draw of Indian Wells. At Miami last week, despite winning the qualifiers, she once again didn’t manage to win a main draw match. At the WTA 125K event at Marbella, she once again bowed out of the first round to Oceane Dodin in straight sets.