Aryna Sabalenka defeated Paula Badosa after the death of her ex-boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov

Aryna Sabalenka defeated Paula Badosa after the death of her ex-boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov

Close friends: Paula Badosa (TV) and Aryna Sabalenka hugged each other after the match. Photo: Lynn Sladky/AP/NTB

(Aryna Sabalenka – Paula Badosa 6–4, 6–3) Aryna Sabalenka won the opening match of the Miami Open just four days after the death of her ex-boyfriend Konstantin Koltsov (42 years old).

Sabalenka won in straight sets over her best friend from Spain. At the net, the two gave each other a long hug.

Over the years, Sabalenka and Badosa have spent a lot of time together. In the match in Miami, they both played in all black after the death of their former friend Konstantin Koltsov.

Embrace: Paula Badosa (TV) showed love after her loss to Aryna Sabalenka. Photo: Albello/AFP/NTB

– I've talked to her a lot in recent days. It's shocking that I got over her because she's my best friend. At the same time, it's uncomfortable to play against her, Badosa said before the match.

Sabalenka did not make a statement after the victory over Badosa, but she made a statement on Wednesday.

– Konstantin's death is an unimaginable tragedy, even though we are no longer together, my heart is broken, said the statement she published. BBC.

Sabalenka has previously shared several photos of them together:

Sabalenka and Badosa met in the second round of the Miami Open, after Badosa defeated Simona Halep in the first round. Sabalenka escaped the first round due to her high rating.

Aryna Sabalenka is ranked second in the world and won the Australian Open last year.

Sabalenka and Badosa shared several photos together:

Koltsov played three seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as in two Olympics with the Belarusian national team.

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In addition to his playing career, Koltsov also coached the KHL club Salavat Yulayev Ufa and the Belarusian national team.

“He was a strong and positive person, loved and respected by players, teammates and fans. May he rest in peace,” Salavat Gulageev Uva wrote in one of the letters. statement.

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