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  • Updated: June 06, 2023

Svitolina Insists On Not Shaking Sabalenka At Roland Garros

Elina Svitolina has stood by decision to snub a handshake from Aryna Sabalenka in Tuesday's quarter-final match.

The incident occurred after Sabalenka won the match 6-4 6-4 and approached the net to wait for a handshake from Svitolina who walked off the court.

Sabalenka's decision to wait by the net left Svitolina speechless and the Ukrainian player slammed the Belarusian for not getting her position before the match.

"I don't know, to be fair, what she was waiting for, because my statements were clear enough about the handshake," Svitolina said. 

When asked if Sabalenka was looking to inflame the situation by standing at the net instead of also walking back to her bench, Svitolina said: "Yeah, I think so.

"My initial reaction, was like, what are you doing?

"Because, in all my press conferences I made my position clear.

"Maybe she's not on social media during the tournaments, but it is pretty clear. 

"I made multiple statements that I'm not shaking hands, and she played obviously Marta [Kostyuk of Ukraine] as well in the first round. So it's quite simple."

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