Russia’s Vera Zvonareva sent a message of peace when she lost 6-1 6-4 to US Danielle Collins in the third round of the Miami Open on Saturday, but she wore a visor with the words “No War” written on the side.
The gesture comes in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24 in the largest attack on a European country since 1945 that provoked anger and widespread sanctions from the United States and its allies.
Russia calls its operation a “special military operation.”
Zvonareva was part of the Russian podium in the women’s singles at the 2008 Olympics, where she won bronze. Twice in the Grand Slam finals, the 37-year-old is ranked 117th.
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka both called for peace in Indian Wells earlier this month. Belarus has served as a site for the invasion.
Tennis authorities banned Russia and Belarus from international team competition following the invasion. Players from Russia and Belarus may compete on tour but not under the name or flag of their countries.
Collins, who reached the final of the Australian Open, continued on Saturday despite neck pain affecting her form in the second set, where she twice sought the help of a physiotherapist.
“No war”: Zvonareva from Russia sends a message to the Miami Open – SABC News
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