After Sabalenka cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory, Kostyuk walked straight as much as the umpire to shake her hand after which returned to her seat, refusing to satisfy Sabalenka on the web for the customary handshake.
Then there have been boos from the group at Roland Garros and once more when Kostyuk left the court docket.
Sabalenka fielded some powerful questions at her post-match press convention, together with one from a reporter who accused her of “twisting like Ukrainians hate you” and of “dodging” questions asking her to sentence the battle, with Belarus getting used as a stage key floor for Russia’s battle in Ukraine.
Sabalenka stated in March that she struggled to know “hate” he discovered himself within the dressing room amid strained relations between some gamers following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Initially, after I get questions on Ukrainians, they (journalists) ask me, ‘So you understand they hate you?’ So I am answering questions like, “In the event that they hate me.”
“In regards to the battle scenario, I’ve stated it many, many instances, nobody on this world – Russian athletes, Belarusian athletes – helps the battle. Nobody. How can we help the battle? Regular folks won’t ever help it.
“Why do we have now to exit loud (in public) and say issues, it is like saying ‘one plus one is 2’, you understand, after all we do not help battle. And should you might have an effect on the battle in any means, if we might cease it, we’d, however sadly it isn’t in our fingers”.
Sabalenka later added that she understands why Ukrainian gamers do not shake her hand and stated Kostyuk did not should be booed by the group.
Russian and Belarusian gamers proceed to compete within the excursions as impartial athletes with out displaying their flag or nation.
After successful the ATX Open in Texas in March, Kostyuk additionally refused to shake fingers with defeated Russian rival Varvara Gracheva.