Comeback-bound Svitolina leads players for Tennis Plays for Peace to raise funds for Ukraine

After a year away from the tour, the former world No 3 returns to action in Charleston with a first round match against Yulia Putintseva on Monday

Elina Svitolina at the 2022 Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium Elina Svitolina at the 2022 Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium

Ukrainian players including former world No 3 Elina Svitolina and Ahelina Kalinina were among those who took part in a charity pro-am, Tennis Plays for Peace, on the eve of the WTA Charleston Open on Sunday.

The Ukrainians were joined by former US Open champions Sloane Stephens and local favourite Shelby Rogers among other players for the event, which raised $100,000 for Tennis Plays for Peace. 

“I’m really thankful to all the players and the tournament to make this happen,” Svitolina, who is making her comeback this week after a year away during which she gave birth to her first child, said. “It’s really important to continue helping Ukrainian people. This is really special that we can help in many different ways.”

“It’s so great to see everyone coming together to support my home of Ukraine,” Kalinina said. “Events like these are so important to keep Ukraine top of mind, and we appreciate the help of the community here. Thank you to the Credit One Charleston Open for organizing.”

Svitolina, who received a wildcard into the main draw, faces Yulia Putintseva in the first round. The 28-year-old from Ukraine, who has been vocal about her feelings on the Russian invasion of her nation, has a 6-1 record over Putintseva, including wins in their last six matches.

Svitolina is working with former Dutch pro Raemon Sluiter as she makes her comeback to the tour. Sluiter has previously worked with Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, who he coached to the top 5 in the world rankings.

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