French Open 2023: Elina Svitolina Avoids Handshakes With Daria Kasatkina Over Russia-Ukraine War

The incident happened right after the match, when Elina Svitolina, who is participating in her first Slam since having a baby last October, skipped the postmatch handshake against her Russian opponent. Kasatkina in return offered a thumbs-up to her Ukrainian rival.


Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating Daris Kasatkina

Svitolina will be up against the winner of the late-night match between World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka and USA’s Sloane Stephens, who won the 2017 US Open.

Another quarterfinal tie is decided as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Karolina Muchova won their respective round of 16 women’s singles matches. Pavlyuchenkova wa also the 2021 runner-up at Roland Garros.

Pavlyuchenkova, who missed last year’s tournament as part of a lengthy absence with a knee injury, got past a third consecutive seeded opponent, No. 28 Elise Mertens, by a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 score.

Muchova was a 6-4, 6-4 winner against Elina Avanesyan, who lost in qualifying but got into the main draw when another player withdrew.

French Open Women’s Singles Fourth Round

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, defeated Elise Mertens (28), Belgium, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Karolina Muchova, Czech Republic, defeated Elina Avanesyan, Russia, 6-4, 6-3.

Elina Svitolina, Ukraine, defeated Daria Kasatkina (9), Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Men’s Doubles Third Round

Marcel Granollers, Spain, and Horacio Zeballos (10), Argentina, defeated Marcelo Melo, Brazil, and John Peers, Australia, 6-2, 6-3.

Matwe Middelkoop, Netherlands, and Andreas Mies (12), Germany, defeated Harri Heliovaara, Finland, and Lloyd Glasspool (5), Britain, 6-4, 6-2.

Ivan Dodig, Croatia, and Austin Krajicek (4), United States, defeated Rafael Matos, Brazil, and Francisco Cabral, Portugal, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5.

Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz (11), Germany, defeated Fabien Reboul and Sadio Doumbia, France, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Women’s Doubles Second Round

Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, and Wang Xinyu, China, defeated Zhang Shuai, China, and Kristina Mladenovic (9), France, 6-1, 6-4.

Women’s Doubles Third Round

Nicole Melichar-Martinez, United States, and Ellen Perez (6), Australia, defeated Xu Yifan and Zhaoxuan Yang (11), China, 6-0, 6-3.

Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, and Marie Bouzkova, Czech Republic, defeated Aldila Sutjiadi, Indonesia, and Miyu Kato (16), Japan, 7-6 (1), 1-3.

Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff (2), United States, defeated Elena-Gabriela Ruse, Romania, and Marta Kostyuk (13), Ukraine, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2.

Greet Minnen, Belgium, and Anna Bondar, Hungary, defeated Asia Muhammad, United States, and Giuliana Olmos (12), Mexico, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

Mixed Doubles Third Round

Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada, and Nathaniel Lammons, United States, defeated Jamie Murray, Britain, and Taylor Townsend, United States, walkover.

Michael Venus, New Zealand, and Bianca Andreescu, Canada, defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States, and Mate Pavic, Croatia, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.

Fabrice Martin, France, and Hao-Ching Chan, Taiwan, defeated Nicolas Mahut, France, and Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

Marcelo Arevalo-Gonzalez, El Salvador, and Marta Kostyuk (7), Ukraine, deeated Storm Hunter and John Peers, Australia, 6-4, 5-7, 12-10.

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