Poland deports former no. 2 in the world, Vera Zvonareva ahead of Warsaw Open!

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by Abbey Johnson
Poland deports former no. 2 in the world, Vera Zvonareva ahead of Warsaw Open!

On Saturday, Polish immigration authorities deported Russian Vera Zvonareva from the country. The 38-year-old, who was once ranked as high as no. 2 in the world, was set to play the BNP Paribas Warsaw Open that’s set to start from 24th July.

According to the country’s governmental authorities, as reported by the BBC, Zvonareva has been put on an “undesirables” list by them. Zvonareva had been travelling to the Polish capital on a France-issued visa.

She’d been made to wait for some time at the airport after she travelled there from the Serbian capital, Belgrade before the decision to deport her came about. Following her deportation, Zvonareva had to travel to Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica.

The Polish governmental statement, as translated by BBC, said, “Vera Zvonareva, using a visa issued by France, tried to get into our country on a flight from Belgrade to Warsaw. After arriving from Serbia, the tennis player stayed in the transit zone of Warsaw Chopin Airport and today, after 12:00, she flew to Podgorica (Montenegro)”.

What did the WTA say on Vera Zvonareva issue?

While a response from the player’s yet to come, the WTA posted a message on its social media channels on the matter. On Twitter, WTA said, “The WTA is aware of the situation involving Vera Zvonareva in Warsaw.

The safety and well-being of all players is a top priority of the WTA. Vera has departed Poland and we will be evaluating the issue further with the event”. The Warsaw Open was to be Zvonareva’s first tournament on the tour since Wimbledon.

At the Championships, she lost in the second round of qualifying to Latvian Daria Semenistaja. Presently, Zvonareva’s ranked 60th in doubles while in singles, she’s ranked outside the top-600, in the 655th place.

In her career, Vera Zvonareva’s reached two Slam finals. Both of these appearances came in 2010. At Wimbledon that year, Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the final while Kim Clijsters beat her in the final at Flushing Meadows.

Recently, although Zvonareva’s not commented much on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she did publicly denounce the invasion by wearing a visor with the words, “No War” during the 2022 Miami Open. Photo Credit: The Tennis Letter Twitter

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