Marta Kostyuk responds to remarks made recently by Aryna Sabalenka

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Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine has reacted to Aryna Sabalenka’s assertions that she and other Belarusian athletes are not to blame for what is taking place in Ukraine. The 2023 Australian Open champion Sabalenka reportedly said that certain Ukrainian players were hostile toward her and that she felt “hatred” from them.

Additionally, Sabalenka stated that she “cannot blame herself for something she cannot control” and that she is “for peace in the world.” There has been a lot of discussion recently about conflict between Russian/Belarusian and Ukrainian players in the locker room.

“Some people enquire as to why we don’t smile at them, saying, ‘After all, we didn’t do anything wrong, and we don’t want war.'” as if we desire it. Kostyuk told Tribuna, “They don’t say anything negative, but they don’t say anything good either.

Kostyuk believes that most Russian and Belarusian athletes support their own governments.

“Out of around 50, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5—no more.

They acknowledged that their nation is engaging in genuinely awful behavior, and they want Ukraine to emerge victorious from the conflict. Peace may be desired by the rest, but only if Russia triumphs. Millions of people will be willingly sacrificed by its citizens in order to win.

Although they vehemently reject it, Kostyuk is confident that they will lose. Iga Swiatek recently criticized the WTA for failing to act in a meaningful leadership capacity when Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Kostyuk now alleges that WTA declined to arrange a meeting between Ukrainian players and Russian/Belarusian players despite requests from Ukrainian players.

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“Ukrainians, Russians, and Belarusians pleaded to be put in the same room during the Indian Wells tournament once the invasion started. to ascertain what people believe and how they perceive us. But the WTA grew anxious.

I have no idea why. Perhaps they believed that we were going to fight? I advised them to contact the security service, but they chose not to. They simply rejected us,” Kostyuk said.

Marta Kostyuk responds to remarks made recently by Aryna Sabalenka
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