Ukrainian tennis player Yastremska flees to France

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Ukrainian tennis star Dayana Yastremska fled her homeland amid a Russian invasion and is now safe in France, the 21-year-old said in a social media post on Saturday.

Yastremska, who has won three WTA titles and was ranked world number 21, said she left Odessa with her younger sister with the help of their parents. “Tired, but my sister and I are safe!” she posted in an Instagram Story on Saturday, which showed their arrival in Romania en route to France.

“Thank you France. Ukraine stay strong. We miss you at home, mom and dad.” On Friday, an Instagram post from Yastremska showed her and her sister sitting on luggage and wearing matching pink sweatpants and hoodies.

“After spending two nights in the underground car park, my parents made the decision at all costs to send me and my little sister out of Ukraine!” she said in Friday’s post. “Mom, dad, we love you very much, take care!!! I love you my country! Ukrainians take care of your lives.”

Ukraine is a force in women’s tennis. Three Ukrainians are in the WTA top 100 and seven in the top 200. Elina Svitolina, who has also openly expressed her support for her country amid the invasion, is the highest ranked Ukrainian at world number 15. Thousands of refugees fleeing the invasion streamed across Ukraine’s western borders on Saturday, the third day of fighting, with high hopes of crossing into Poland, Slovakia, Romania or Hungary.

Russia’s assault is the largest against a European state since World War II and threatens to upend the continent’s post-Cold War order.

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