Russian tennis player surprised by fans’ behavior after defeat to Ukrainian

Svitolina and Kasatkina (pictured) did not shake hands after the match
Svitolina and Kasatkina (pictured) did not shake hands after the match

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Kasatkina expressed bewilderment over the fans’ response after here 6-4, 7-6 (5) loss to the Ukrainian that she did not shake hands with Svitolina following the match.

She added that she refrained from the handshake out of respect for the Ukrainian tennis player.

“Leaving Paris with a very bitter feeling. All this days, after every match I’ve played in Paris I always appreciate and thanked crowd for support and being there for the players. But yesterday I was booed for just being respectful of my opponent’s position not to shake hands.”

“Me and Elina showed respect to each other after a tough match but leaving the court like that was the worst part of yesterday. Be better, love each other. Don’t spread hate. Try to make this world better. I will love (Roland Garros) no matter what, always and forever. See you next year,” Kasatkina wrote.

It is worth noting that Kasatkina has previously spoken out against Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk was booed for not shaking hands with Belarusian player Aryna Sabalenka at Roland Garros.

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