Credit One Charleston Open on April 4 at Two Players Ahead of Countries.
Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine defeated Belarus tennis player Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round match at Althea Gibson Court on Daniel Island.
Sasnovich was not allowed to be identified by her country’s name or flag due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine after the WTA Tour policy. Players from Russia and Belarus are allowed to play ATP and WTA tours, but not under the flag of those nations.
“At this time, players from Russia and Belarus will continue to be allowed to compete in international tennis events and at the Grand Slams. A statement last month on international governing bodies of tennis.
Kalinina, who just achieved a new career-high rank. 42, took part in a Charleston Open fund-raising pro-am on Sunday for the Ukraine relief. She defeated 2019 Charleston Open champ Madison Keys last week in Miami.
Kalinina and Sasnovich shook hands after match without incident, but the war is a constant backdrop on the WTA Tour.
Ukraine’s foremost player, Elina Svitolina, spoke out before a new policy was signed in Russia’s Anastasia Potapova at a tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, last month.
“It’s a tough moment,” said Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, ranked No. 10. “I just try to manage and focus on playing tennis, but I always say, tennis is not the most important thing in the world.
“There are a lot of things going on and I hope there will be peace in the world.”
Kalinina faces No. The second round of the 5 seed Elena Rybakina. Rybakina was born in Moscow, but changed her citizenship to Kazakhstan in 2018.
Another Ukranian player, Katarina Zavatska, defeated China’s Yue Yuan 6-4, 6-2, while countrywoman Nadia Kichenok fell to Norway’s Ulrikke Eikeri 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Charleston’s Shelby Rogers is a slated to face Kaia Kanepi in Monday’s featured night match. Two seeded players, 12 Alize Cornet and No. 15 Amanda Anisimova, Advanced in straight sets.
Defending champion Veronika Kudermetova returns from the tournament.
“I will not be able to come to Charleston to defend my title this year,” she said. Congratulations to the new stadium, and I look forward to playing there next year. ”
Monday first-round scores
Linda Fruhvirtova d. Ana Konjuh 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Arhelina Kalinina d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4
Katraina Zavatska d. Yue Yuan, 6-4, 6-2
No. 12 Alize Cornet d. Alycia Parks 6-0, 7-5
Claire Liu d. Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-2
Anna Bondar d. Arianne Hartono 6-1, 6-4
No. 15 Amanda Anisimova d. Sachia Vickery, 6-0, 7-5
Jasmine Paolini d. Gabriela Lee, 6-2, 6-3
Ekaterina Alexandrova d. Allie Kiick, 6-1, 6-1
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