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Sabalenka, Djokovic advance to French Open semis

French Open semi-finals promise exciting matchups, with Djokovic facing Alcaraz and Sabalenka competing against Muchova for a spot in final

By Web Desk
June 07, 2023
Elina Svitolina refused to shake hands with Aryna Sabalenka during a French Open match. Twitter/PeterKirstein
Elina Svitolina refused to shake hands with Aryna Sabalenka during a French Open match. Twitter/PeterKirstein

In the French Open tennis tournament, Aryna Sabalenka reached the semi-finals by defeating Elina Svitolina. Novak Djokovic also advanced to the semi-finals after a slow start in his match against Karen Khachanov. 

Svitolina accused Sabalenka of creating controversy by waiting for a handshake that she knew would not happen.  

Djokovic praised his own performance after winning the match. Carlos Alcaraz emerged victorious against Stefanos Tsitsipas and will face Djokovic in the semi-finals. 

Karolina Muchova won her match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, securing her spot in the semi-finals. 

Sabalenka expressed her disapproval of the war in Ukraine and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. She clarified that she does not support the war and does not want her country involved in any conflict. 

Svitolina criticised Sabalenka for staring her down at the net, while Sabalenka defended her actions. Sabalenka will face Muchova in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Djokovic is aiming for his 23rd Grand Slam title and his third victory in the French Open. Despite losing the first set against Khachanov, Djokovic recovered and won the match. He described the upcoming match against Alcaraz as his biggest challenge in the tournament and expressed his eagerness to face a strong opponent. Alcaraz, a rising star in tennis, defeated Tsitsipas in a convincing manner and will face Djokovic in the semi-finals.

Sabalenka's victory was overshadowed by the controversy surrounding her and Svitolina. Svitolina refused to shake hands with Sabalenka due to the conflict between their countries. Sabalenka clarified that she does not support Lukashenko and does not want her country involved in any conflict. 

She expressed her frustration with the media and described her decision to skip press conferences as a result of feeling disrespected. Sabalenka will now face Muchova in the semi-finals.