Ukrainian tennis player's heartbreaking admission comes as she worries about the threat of nuclear attack every night

By Pratik

 Oct 20,2022

The world's No. 58 was beaten in the second round by Maria Sakkari in the second round of the Guadalajara Open 

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her final event of the season - and then reflected on what it was like to play through the war while revealing that she feared a nuclear strike "every night".

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Kostyuk is vocal when asking the tennis community to show solidarity with Ukraine during the conflict this year. 

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He was one of an elite small group consisting of Ukrainian players who demanded the exclusion of their Russian and Belarusian teammates to be barred 

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from playing at Wimbledon was able to implement this summer and also criticized Victoria Azarenka when the Belarusian was signed up to play in the US Open charity match for Ukraine which led her to cancel her participation.

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The world's No. 58 has been playing during the war but she played her last tennis match in 2022 Monday, 

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when she fell to Maria Sakkari in the second round of the Guadalajara WTA 1000, having defeated her opponent in the opening round Aliaksandra Sasnovich earlier in the day. 

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And Kostyuk is now reflecting on the challenges of playing tennis in the midst of the challenges the country had to face.

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"I remember the nice feeling I had playing tennis before the war came, right now everything is different, everything has changed," she said in the lead-up to the tournament earlier in the week.

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