"If artillery had helped her": Russians outraged by Svitolina's support in the U.S. and ignoring their tennis player
The victory of Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina over Russian representative Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (5:7, 6:4, 6:4) in the 1/32 final of the US Open caused mixed feelings among Russian fans. Some were delighted with the quality of the athletes' play, while others criticized the dress of the Odessa player. And, naturally, there was no mention of the war.
OBOZREVATEL collected comments from readers of popular sports sites in Russia, who followed the three-set confrontation on the court of New York.
Most representatives of the Russian Federation were pleasantly surprised by the level of Pavlyuchenkova's game, who was able to give a fight to Svitolina. And they noted Elina's character.
"Terrific match... I don't even want to say anything, everyone saw everything for themselves. The fact that Elina will fight not for life, but for death, I think, everyone expected, but the level of Nastia really struck me personally. Standing applauding both," - wrote the user billy_pilgrim.
"I thought Svitolina chokes, as it often happened with her before, and also these cramps at the end. But still finished, well done. Next Pegula, difficult, but possible," - said Jefri AG.
Also, Russians unexpectedly began to sing praises to the beauty of their compatriot, which they had not noticed before, but the Ukrainian's dress from Adidas was called farm-like.
The Russians also resented the behavior of the American public, which supported only Svitolina and did not react to Pavlyuchenkova's successful actions.
"The silence when Nastia wins draws or sets is almost sepulchral, it certainly looks sad, although just a great match, especially the first two sets," they wrote in the comments.
Russians were very upset by the fact that Svitolina won all six matches against tennis players from Russia after the full-scale war started. Some began to shout that Elina played against weak opponents, although twice passed the first racket of the aggressor country Daria Kasatkina.
And the most "original" fans behind the court started talking about revenge - they said that Rublev would now knock the Ukrainian's husband Gael Monfils out of the tournament. And, unfortunately, that's exactly what happened.
And as it happens in the comments of Russians, after a dispute about sports, statements about the greatness of their army, which kills the inhabitants of Ukraine, began. Even Mariupol came to mind.
"And the Russians' series of victories on a different kind of field is much more impressive," said one fan. "Well if the artillery had helped Pavlyuchenkova, the chances of her victory would surely have increased," another replied to him.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL reported that Svitolina turned the match and defeated the Russian at the US Open.
It also became known that Marta Kostyuk refused to play for the national team of Ukraine.