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"Promoting a killer country". Kostiuk made an address after defeating a Russian woman at the Australian Open

Maksym InshakovSport
Ukrainian tennis player did not hold back her emotions

Ukraine's fourth seed Marta Kostiuk was forced to make a statement after the official US Open account posted a Russian flag opposite Maria Timofeeva's name on its social media. Marta defeated Maria in the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open.

''Promoting a killer country''. Kostiuk made an address after defeating a Russian woman at the Australian Open
''Promoting a killer country''. Kostiuk made an address after defeating a Russian woman at the Australian Open
''Promoting a killer country''. Kostiuk made an address after defeating a Russian woman at the Australian Open

On her social media accounts, Kostiuk again raised the issue of the status of a "neutral athlete," which, in fact, does not give anything and does not change anything.

"Today is the 697th day of a full-scale war, and the sports world continues to promote a killer country and a country that uses its athletes as part of its killing propaganda. I call on media representatives, officials, and the sports community to stop using the tennis court to promote the Russian world," Kostiuk wrote.

''Promoting a killer country''. Kostiuk made an address after defeating a Russian woman at the Australian Open

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, Kostiuk vs. Timofeeva ended with a score of 6:2, 6:1. For the 21-year-old from Kyiv, this was a record achievement in her career. Kostiuk also became the youngest tennis player in Ukraine to reach the quarterfinals of the AO.

''Promoting a killer country''. Kostiuk made an address after defeating a Russian woman at the Australian Open

It should be noted that before the match, the tennis player from Kyiv refused to take a joint shot with Timofeeva, taking a picture only with the girl who was holding the serve-and-receive draw.

Martha's next opponent is Corey Goff (WTA No. 4). The match is scheduled for the night of January 23.

''Promoting a killer country''. Kostiuk made an address after defeating a Russian woman at the Australian Open

On January 19, Kostiuk (WTA No. 37) defeated Russia's Elina Avanesyan (WTA No. 74) in the third round of the Australian Open-2024. Marta was inferior during the match, but managed to turn the tide and finish off her "neutral" opponent - 2:6, 6:4, 6:4.

Marta Kostiuk

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