The match began with Svitolina taking an early 2-0 lead, only for Tsurenko to quickly turn the tide and go ahead 4-2. Although Svitolina managed to level the score at 4-4, Tsurenko remained resilient, eventually clinching the first set at 6-4.
The second set saw both players trading breaks again before Tsurenko started dominating the court, eventually securing the win after winning four consecutive games and winning the match 6-4, 6-3.
Svitolina and Tsurenko have both been actively advocating for their homeland, ensuring that the ongoing crisis in Ukraine remains a prominent topic within the tennis community. Despite the emotional weight of the situation, Tsurenko was able to maintain a competitive edge throughout the match.
In an interview ahead of the WTA 1000 event, Svitolina emphasized the importance of keeping the war in Ukraine in the news, stating that she plans to do so by participating in tournaments, organizing events, and connecting with people around her.
"In every possible way, I want to make sure Ukraine is still in the news. Playing tournaments, trying to organize events on the side, connecting with people around the events -- that's really important. The war continues, so we need to continue helping people."
he also touched upon the importance of cherishing one's body and appreciating every moment, as life's uncertainties make it difficult to predict what lies ahead.
"We have to cherish our bodies. In our bodies, we are capable of impossible things. All these moments together that we have, we have to cherish them -- because you never know what's going to come next."
Svitolina's focus on political awareness and understanding global events is not new; she has always been curious about the workings of the political system. As the world continues to change, she believes it is crucial to educate oneself and stay informed about the happenings within one's country and around the globe.
"It's a whole different world. It's something you have to educate yourself on because it keeps changing. You need to understand what's really happening in your country and the world."