"I really hope that I give a tiny, small light, maybe some positive emotions for my country. I really hope that Ukraine a little bit enjoys (this),” Kalinina told the crowd.
The 26-year-old beat the American five-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist in three sets to reach a WTA 1000 event semi-final for the first time, recovering after a collapse in the second.
"This is probably the coldest, wettest tournament I've ever played here in Rome," the 22-time Grand Slam winner said. "I don't recall so many days in a row (of) raining. In these conditions, it's very difficult to get the ball past him..."
Their exits will allow Leolia Jeanjean and Laura Pigossi - two players who lost in qualifying — to move into the main draw at the year's first Grand Slam tournament, which begins Monday (Sunday night EST).
Aryna Sabalenka is into her first Grand Slam final, where on Saturday she will face Wimbledon champion Rybakina, who earlier beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
After winning the match, the Serbian star said, it was more than a battle. Brerettini is a true Italian hammer I felt it on my skin. It means none of us three will stop. Roger and Rafa are legends they are the reason I am where I am today, said Djokovic.
World number one Novak Djokovic said on Friday he will play at the Tokyo Olympics, giving him the opportunity to achieve the first calendar Golden Slam by a male player. “I booked my flight for Tokyo and will proudly be joining #TeamSerbia for the Olympics,” tweeted Djokovic in English.
Jon Rahm made tension-packed long birdie putts on the last two holes on Sunday to win the 121st US Open and capture his first major title, defeating South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke. The 26-year-old Spaniard curled
US Open organisers said on Thursday they are planning for the Grand Slam event to go ahead as scheduled and that an event without spectators is “highly unlikely”.
American Jen Brady captured her first WTA title on Sunday, defeating Swiss left-hander Jil Teichmann 6-3, 6-4 in the Top Seed Open final. Brady did not drop a set all week on the way to her first WTA final and wore down Teichmann