In front of the Ukrainian players on the first day of the Charleston Open tennis Charleston Open

On April 4, two players from war-torn countries faced off at the Credit One Charleston Open.

Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina defeated Belarusian tennis player Aliakandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 in the first round match on Althia Gibson Court on Daniel Island.

Due to the WTA tour policy following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sasnovich was not allowed to be identified by his country’s name or flag. Players from Russia and Belarus are allowed to play on the ATP and WTA Tour, but not under the flags of those countries.

At this time, players from Russia and Belarus will continue to be allowed to participate in international tennis competitions on tour and Grand Slam. However, they will not compete under the name or flag of Russia or Belarus until further notice. ” Tennis’s international governing bodies said in a statement last month.

Kalinina, who has just achieved a new career-high of 42, took part in the Charleston Open Fund-Raising Pro-M for Ukraine Relief on Sunday. He defeated 2019 Charleston Open champion Madison Keys in Miami last week.

Kalinina and Sasnovich shook hands after their match without incident, but the battle is a constant on the WTA Tour.

Leading Ukrainian player Elena Svitolina talked about the new policy before agreeing to play Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in a tournament match in Monterey, Mexico last month.

“It’s a difficult moment everywhere,” said 10th-ranked Tunisian Onus Jabiur. Is not important.

“There is a lot going on here and I hope there will be peace in the world.”

Kalinina will face No. 5 seed Elena Rybakina in the second round. Ryabakina was born in Moscow, but changed her citizenship to Kazakhstan in 2018.

Another Ukrainian, Katrina Zwatska, defeated China’s Yu Yu Yuan 6-4, 6-2, while Nadia Kichnok of the country lost to Norway’s Ulrike Ikeri 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Charleston’s Shelby Rogers will face Kaya Kanepi in Monday night’s special. Two seeded players, No. 12 Elise Cornet and No. 15 Amanda Anisimova, advanced in straight sets.

Reigning champion Veronica Kudarmetova has dropped out of the tournament.

“Unfortunately, I will not be able to come to Charleston to defend my title this year,” he said. Congratulations on the tournament at the new stadium, and I look forward to playing there next year. “

First-round scores on Monday

Linda Faruhvirtova d. Ana Konjuh 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Arhelina Kalinina d. Aliakandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4

Katrina Zwatska d. Yu Yuan, 6-4, 6-2

No. 12 Alice Cornet d. Alicia Parks 6-0, 7-5

Claire Leo d. Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-2

Anna Bonder d. Arian Hartono 6-1, 6-4

No. 15 Amanda Anisimova d. True sales, 6-0, 7-5

Jasmine Paolini d. Gabriella Lee, 6-2, 6-3

Ekaterina Alexandrova d. Ally Kick, 6-1, 6-1

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