Belarusian Victoria Azarenka booed after a Wimbledon loss to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina before she delivered a dismissive punch to the supporters — and the pair didn’t shake hands after their match.
- Victoria Azarenka crashed out at Wimbledon in a three-set loss to Elina Svitolina
- The Belarusian tennis star was booed by supporters on Court One afterwards.
- Follow Mail Sport on Threads here: https://www.threads.net/@mailsport
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka left Court One to a chorus of boos after a fourth-round loss to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina at Wimbledon.
The crowd had set the stage during the match, as they were overwhelmingly behind Svitolona throughout the contest, and gave her a deafening ovation as she cruised to a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(9) win.
As expected, there was no handshake at the net, although there was a nod of acknowledgment between the two players with Azarenka waiting at the net for Svitolina after the Ukrainian’s victory.
But Azarenka then received loud boos from the Wimbedon crowd as she started to walk away, as Svitolina prepared for her television interview.
The reaction was enough to stop Azarenka, who cast a long, lingering look at the crowd before appearing to wave them dismissively.
Victoria Aazarenka was booed by the Wimbledon crowd after her fourth round exit.
Elina Svitolina and Azarenka did not shake hands after the Ukrainian’s three-set victory
Parisian crowds booed Svitolina at the French Open when she refused to shake hands with Belarusian world number 2 Aryna Sabalenka, with the Ukrainian saying she was taken aback by the reaction and accusing her opponent of adding fuel to the fire. by offering his hand in the net.
Fellow Russian player Daria Kasatkina, who has been a strong anti-Putin stance, simply gave a thumbs up and didn’t offer her hand in the previous round, which Svitolina admitted she respected.