Lesia Tsurenko was left furious with Anastasia Potapova wearing a Russian jersey to the tennis court in Indian Wells which forced the WTA to warn her against doing that again.
Curiously enough it wasn't the first time the Russian did that as she did the same thing in Dubai with no reaction from the WTA. Only after Iga Swiatek publicly denounced the move did the WTA react. In a recent interview with L'Equipe, Tsurenko blasted Potapova for that move while also sharing some words about WTA Chief Steve Simon:
"Steve Simon believes tennis players can support the invasion of Russia and not be penalized. This hurt me, because I felt abandoned. What Anastasia Potapova did the other day is proof that understands the horror of war."
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Tsurenko also shared some nice words about Swiatek whom she called a true number one both as a person and as a tennis player. She said:
"She is a true number 1 both as a person and as a tennis player. I really appreciate all the support she is offering all of us."
Tsurenko pulled out of the Indian Wells Masters after experiencing a panick attack before a match. She attributed it to the stress due to the war in her country.
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