Why is Ukrainian tennis star Marta Kostyuk making headlines?

If you don’t know already, Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk rose to fame when she became the youngest player of this century to bag the grand slam match in Melbourne in

2018. She has once again made headlines after defeating Amanda Anisimova of the US in the Australian Open 2023 match. Anisimova is a former semi-finalist at the French Open who

had previously defeated world-renowned Naomi Osaka in Melbourne last year. Kostyu, who is currently ranked 61, sent Anisimova packing in the first round itself. But Kostyuk’s

international wins aren’t the only thing making headlines. It’s her voice and strong stance for her motherland Ukraine that is getting her much attention along with a lot of

recognition. Also ReadIndian women’s hockey team looks to start season on high with tour of South Africa Kostyuk has been very outspoken about Russia’s invasion of

Ukraine. Last year she grabbed headlines for refusing to shake hands with Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka, and her stance continues even today. She has openly said that

she would refuse to do the customary handshake at the net with any Russian or Belarusian opponent who did not raise their voice against the invasion, reported Reuters.

Last year she expressed that it was her choice and given that she didn’t know any single person who condemned the war publicly, she didn’t feel like she could support this. She

also praised her opponent and said that Azarenka is a great player and that her decision to not shake hands had nothing to do with her being a human being.