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Belarus’ Sabalenka waits for a handshake from Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina at French Open, meets media

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AP Tennis Writer

PARIS (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka has spoken at a postmatch news conference after beating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina to reach the French Open semifinals for the first time. Sabalenka had skipped her media sessions after her previous two matches in Paris after saying she felt uncomfortable because of questions about her country, Belarus, which aided Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. Sabalenka waited at the net after her 6-4, 6-4 victory Tuesday, even though Svitolina has said she would not shake hands with any opponent from Russia or Belarus. Sabalenka will face Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic in the semifinals.

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