Iga Swiatek was on a roll today on court, leaving only 2 games to Lesia Tsurenko in a dominant performance in the 3rd round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia of Rome. The world number one and defending champion won 12 consecutive games after a rusty start, but it did not go unnoticed the hearty chat she had with her opponent at the net.
“She thanked me for supporting Ukraine, but she did it also before in Miami,” she explained during the press conference when asked about it. “It’s really nice and I really appreciate that. But, I think there’s nothing to kind of thank for, because for me it’s pretty obvious that we should support Ukraine”.
Nothing new to people who have been following Swiatek in the past year, as she has not taken away the ribbon with Ukrainian colours yet: “I will do that (support Ukraine -ed.) until the war is going to end. But I know that they are in a tough situation, so I have a lot of empathy to all the Ukrainian players”.
The topic is indeed close to the heart of the Pole, who even organized a charity event, the “Iga Swiatek & Friends for Ukraine”, last summer. In Krakow, she played a mixed double match featuring former world number 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, Sergiy Stakhovsky and polish junior Martyn Pawelski. The event raised more than half a million euros for kids in need in Ukraine, distributed to UNICEF Polska, United 24 and the Elina Svitolina Foundation.