Ukraine’s women tennis stars had a tournament to remember at the Australian Open as three made the third round in this year’s first Grand Slam event. The trio was led by Elina Svitolina. Ranked fourth going into the tournament, Ukraine’s top tennis star disappointingly crashed out at the quarterfinal stage by losing 6-4, 6-0 to Belgium’s unseeded Elise Mertens. The surprise of the tournament however was Ukraine’s 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk, who fell to Svitolina in the third round. She became the youngest woman to make the third round of a Grand Slam since Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic in 1997. Kyiv’s Katerina Bondarenko joined the pair in the third round, where she cost to Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in three sets. With her quarterfinal finish, Svitolina is now ranked No. 3 in the world. The three ladies will undoubtedly have more news to share following the Fed Cup tie with Australia on 10-11 February, just as we go to print.
Headlines and Realities # 1 On 6 February, BBC News carried a story relating to Ukraine. The headline promised revelations on “Potters Bar, Ukraine’s stolen billions, and the Eurovision connection”, which is, well, wow, breathtaking. In reality, the article brings seasoned Ukraine-watchers some old news: “while in office ex-President Yanukovych and his associates stole 40 […]
Ukraine’s undefeated Olympic hero Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) narrowly defeated Latvia’s Marcus Breidis in Riga on 27 January to set-up a World Boxing Super Series finale with Russia’s Murat Gassiev (26-0-1, 19 KOs) for the Cruiserweight division’s undisputed title. In front of hundreds of Ukrainian fans that made the trip to Latvia, Usyk won […]
Maybe you’re new to Ukraine. Maybe you want to get a basic understanding of Ukrainian politics but are too afraid to ask. Maybe you think you know, but you’re just very misinformed. We’re here to help! This first Idiot’s Guide to Ukrainian Politics covers just two people, with person number two being included less out […]
British pop star Calum Scott recently released a new music video shot exclusively in Kyiv. Showing off some of the best sights of our beautiful city, such as the Opera House, Khreschatyk, and Maidan, the video for You Are The Reason is already a great piece of promo for Kyiv having racked up 6.25 million […]