‘Scared to Get Stuck’- Ukrainian WTA Star Reveals Grandmother’s Unfortunate Plight in Heart-Breaking Revelation

Published 01/25/2024, 2:27 AM EST

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The Russian-Ukraine war situation has created a tense environment around everyone’s concerns! While a lot of tennis players from Russia and Ukraine are trying their best to give on the court, somewhere down the line, they are all worried for their family, friends, and loved ones. Even Elina Svitolina, a Ukrainian tennis player who made a comeback last year and is doing great on the court, is also in a dilemma and is constantly worried for her loved ones.

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Recently, she opened up about the conditions of her family, who are still in the country. The 29-year-old tennis player penned a stirring note on the situation of her family in Ukraine.

‘She refused to leave the city’ – Elina Svitolina shares details about her family in Ukraine

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The Wimbledon semi-finalist, in a recent letter, opened up about how things are not easy for her as some of her family members and her friends are still in Ukraine trying to figure things out on their own. The WTA star is out of the Australian Open in the fourth round itself, owing to an injury, but she recently opened up about how her grandmother is living in Ukraine amid all the war-related situations.

She said, “The New Year started with heavy attacks on some of our major cities – including my hometown Odesa. My grandma, who is in her mid-80s, is still there. She refused to leave the city. She lives on the 13th floor of an apartment block and has to walk up the stairs every day because she is scared to get stuck in the elevator in case of a power outage caused by an attack.” 

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Not only that, but she also detailed how she starts her day by checking messages from her friends and reading Telegram channels that are specially made for the news. In addition, she also highlighted how her friends are fighting on the front lines, fighting every single day for their territory and their freedom.

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This is not the first time she has talked about her grandmother, amid all the situations that are going on around her country. A few months ago, when she opened up about her deep connection to her homeland, she shared her urge to return to her country and even meet her grandmother.

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Svitolina hopes to go back to Ukraine – ‘I want to see my grandmother’

Just a few months ago, she expressed her longing for home in an interview with the PA News Agency. She stated, “I want to see my grandmother, who is there, my dad was there as well for a couple of weeks. And just to see my friends, to go back to my home.” Further, she also highlighted how she misses her country, and looking at the current situation, the damages to the cities and the harm mean a lot to her.

In addition, it’s quite unsafe to travel as it’s in a state of war, but if she plans it really well with safety measures, she can do it. But along with that, she also made it clear that mentally, somewhere down the line, she feels safer when she is in Ukraine than in any other part of the world.

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Nevertheless, what are your thoughts on Svitolina’s concern for her country? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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Watching the biggest sports events have been a part of my life right from my early childhood. Although I have grown up watching a variety of sports, including tennis, cricket, and esports, I have a special connection to tennis. Thus, when it came to building a career in sports journalism, I focused on the racket sport.
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