Ukrainian failed to finish the match at Roland Garros: she was called for a doctor
Ukrainian tennis player Lesia Tsurenko failed to finish her match in the round of 16 at Roland Garros against Polish tennis player Iga Szwietek. It was the first time that the Kyiv woman had reached the fourth round at a French Grand Slam tournament, but she went down in the first set.
After the first few games of the match, it became noticeable that Lesia was nervous and trying to calm her breathing. The last time she reached this stage of the majors was in 2018 at the US Open, and here she was playing against last year's champion. So at first, the athlete's behaviour was attributed to excitement.
But with the score at 1-4, Tsurenko took a medical time out. The doctors who appeared on the court measured the Ukrainian's blood pressure and pulse. Then a representative of the medical team walked around the athlete from behind and began to feel her upper abdomen, back and chest.
It seemed that Lesia was having trouble breathing. The doctor tried to find the problem, Tsurenko took a deep and calm breath, calmed down and expressed her readiness to return to the court.
However, after the next game, with the score at 1-5, she exchanged words with the coach and went to the net to inform Iga of her withdrawal. The rivals hugged each other warmly, and the Polish tennis player went to rest and prepare for the quarter-final match.
On the eve of her match with Schwentek, 34-year-old Tsurenko said that she was feeling very good physically in Paris: "I'm very fast. At the same time, I'm very sturdy, so I can play long rallies and at the right time hit winners or go to the net to play a volley."
It's possible that the Ukrainian had a panic attack amidst the stress and responsibility for the result. There is also the possibility of a virus, as two days earlier, Kazakhstan's top ranked player Rybakina withdrew from the French Grand Slam because of it.
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