Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova avoid handshake following US Open epic… after Lesia Tsurenko and Ekaterina Alexandrova share awkward exchange in other Ukraine vs. Russia matchup
- Elina Svitolina defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in just under three hours
- And there was no handshake between the pair after the match had concluded
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Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova avoided shaking hands after a hard-fought match at the US Open on Thursday.
Svitolina came back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in just under three hours, and Pavlyuchenkova had already left the court when her opponent walked up to the net to thank the umpire.
Earlier this summer, Svitolina refused to shake the hand of Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka after a meeting in the French Open quarterfinals, which Sabalenka won.
Svitolina had said before the tournament that she wouldn’t shake the hands of Russian or Belarusian players – on account of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Belarus’ role in aiding Russia.
After her loss to Sabalenka, she said her opponent inflamed the situation by waiting for a handshake at the net.
Elina Svitolina (above) approached the umpire’s chair and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had already left the court
Pavlyuchenkova could be seen walking off the court after her three-set loss to Svitolina
Svitolina moved into the third round of the US Open with the win on Thursday afternoon
Last month, Svitolina also did not shake hands with Belarusian Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon.
The former world. No. 1 was booed off the court, according to the Independent.
Svitolina vs. Pavlyuchenkova was not the only Open match on Thursday that saw a frosty exchange afterwards.
Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko and Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova also did not shake hands after the latter’s straight-sets win.
Lesia Tsurenko and Ekaterina Alexandrova did not shake hands at the end of their match
However, the pair acknowledged each other from a distance as they approached the umpire’s chair, with Alexandrova being seen raising her racket slightly.
Alexandrova won the match 6-1, 6-3 to move into the third round where she’ll face reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova.
Svitolina will face either Jessica Pegula or Patricia Maria Țig next.