The matchup between Ukrainians and Russians in all sports is focused exclusively on tennis. It is tennis that shows that everything is possible in this difficult world.
In the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, held in New York, the draw brought together the winner of Wimbledon 2022, Elena Rybakina, representing Kazakhstan, and the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.
There was no such rivalry. Rybakina, more motivated and titled, did not particularly notice Marta’s resistance in the first set. However, some successful and sometimes beautiful attacks by the Ukrainians did take place.
However, Elena didn’t let herself win more than two games in the first set. At the same time, the statistics on direct hits and unforced errors were about the same. But the power of Rybakina’s blows significantly exceeded her attempts to aggravate Kostyuk (6: 2).
The second set further convinced Marta that she had no chance in the American tournament. It’s a shame to end your participation already in the first round, but this is a sport and this happens all the time here. The score is very casual (6-1), but in reality there was a fight within the games.
Kostyuk sometimes received well, even from start to finish, a couple of times he managed to score into the net, but in general Rybakina controlled the course of the match, attacked a lot, played deep and tight, and it was very difficult for Kostyuk to answer. to these blows In addition, Elena regularly clung to the reception and constantly created chances in other people’s games. Rybakina showed very solid tennis.
The most interesting thing about this match happened after the end of the match. During the handshake, Marta Kostyuk uttered a phrase that risks becoming the main one in the American tournament: “Win the US Open, please.” Now the main thing is that the Ukrainian does not have problems at home. Of course, Elena Rybakina represents Kazakhstan, but behind her eyes everyone knows her origin well. Even more amazing is this act of the brave Kostyuk.
The 16-year-old Russian failed in the first set. Mirra pulled herself together and carried out the Australian race.