Russian tennis star Elena Vesnina has revealed that her two stolen medals have been returned but added that the police is still searching for the criminals that stoler her medals. In September, Russian media reported that Vesnina had her two medals stolen.
Vesnina won a gold medal in the women's doubles event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olymics, before capturing a silver medal with Aslan Karatsev in the mixed doubles competition at this past Tokyo Olympics. “This is, of course, to put it mildly, unexpected, I didn’t expect anything anymore, the criminals are still (being looked) for.
But I’m really glad the medals are back after all. I’m trying not to think about it, life goes on and I’m sure good will win anyway. Thank you for all your words of support and concern. I have received and received thousands of messages from you every day," Vesnina said, per Tennis Up To Date.
Vesnina enjoyed a win over Novak Djokovic
In the mixed doubles semifinal, Vesnina and Karatsev beat Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic. It was a disappointing end for Djokovic, who blew a lead in the singles semifinal against Alexander Zverev and then also lost the bronze medal match to Pablo Carreno Busta.
“I feel sorry for Novak – it’s a tough day for him,” said Vesnina after the win over Djokovic and Stojanovic. “But this is sport, this is tennis – the level is really high, the nerves are really high.
We’re really happy that we won this match because we wanted to be in the final. We were focusing on every single point, we didn’t want to give anything. We knew that we were playing against such a champion like Novak – for me, it was such an honour to play against him, a dream come true, and I admire him. But it’s just great that we won today, we played such a solid match and I’m happy that we won it."