Belgian tennis player burst into tears during a match because of a sound that reminded her of the war in Ukraine
Maryna Zanevska, a 29-year-old native of Odesa, suffered a real panic attack during her second-round match at the Siant-Melo Open tennis tournament in Saint-Malo, France. The athlete, who now plays for Belgium, burst into tears after the first set of her match with Ukrainian-born American Katie Volynets due to an air raid alarm.
Immediately after the end of the first game, which Zanevska won 6-2, a siren suddenly sounded over the sports complex. Marina reacted incredibly emotionally to this moment, remembering the war in Ukraine.
"I had a very strange feeling during the match after winning the first set. I have no idea why, but the siren went off. Maybe for 20 seconds, but it seemed like it lasted forever. I've never been to Ukraine since February 24. I have never heard a siren. But it was a very triggering sound. My heart rate jumped to 200 beats! I was shocked. Usually, when I go out on the court, it's the place where I forget about my problems. But this situation hit me hard," the tennis player wrote on her Instagram page.
It should be noted that Zanevska eventually lost to Volynets in three games - 6-2, 4-6, 5-7 - and left the tournament. Former Ukrainian number one Elina Svitolina is also playing well in the competition, having reached the semi-finals.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Ukrainian tennis player Oleksandra Korashvili won her debut match after resuming her professional career, which she had to suspend for a bone marrow transplant.
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