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Ukrainian tennis player whose parents' house was bombed says she needs to win as much money as she can at Wimbledon to help her country

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Anhelina Kalinina from the Ukraine in action against Anna Bondar on day one of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Anhelina Kalinina.Getty/John Walton
  • Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina said wants to win as much prize money as possible at Wimbledon.

  • The 25-year-old said she wants to send the money to the victims of the Russian invasion.

  • She also said her parents' apartment in Irpin, Ukraine, was bombed by Russian forces.

A Ukrainian tennis player whose parents' house was bombed in the Russian invasion said she wants to win as much prize money as possible at Wimbledon to help people in her country.

Anhelina Kalinina, 25, secured her spot in the tournament's second round on Monday by beating Hungary's Anna Bondar 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

After the win, she revealed that her parents' apartment in Irpin had been destroyed by Russian forces and that they were currently living at her apartment in Ukraine while their home is rebuilt. She did not say where exactly her apartment was.

"It's hard to focus, but it matters if I win or if I lose," she said. "The more I win, I'm not only helping my family, I'm helping other families and other people."

Kalinina has already netted $98,000 for making it to the second round. Reaching the third round will bag her $150,000 and reaching the fourth will win her $238,000.

"You go further. You earn more money. Then I'm able to help, and I'm helping as much as I can and not only to my family. So for me that matters," she added.

"I'm not a superstar so I'm helping with what I can. And it's a lot to them, and for me that's huge motivation to play. Huge."

Kalinina is set to play Lesia Tsurenko, a fellow Ukrainian, in the second round on Wednesday.

Tsurenko told reporters on Monday that she hopes she and Kalinina can remind people that the invasion of Ukraine is still ongoing.

"We just want to remind that Ukraine is in trouble and we need help," said the 33-year-old. "I think as many appearances we have, like in sport, for example, for me, it's just another way to show that we are strong nation and to remind the world that we are here and we still have war and, I don't know, in some way, we need help.

"We still need help to win this war."

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