'Class act': Tennis world moved by 'beautiful' moment of sportsmanship

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'Class act': Tennis world moved by 'beautiful' moment of sportsmanship

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September 18, 2020

Victoria Azarenka has been praised for a moment of pure class in her Italian Open victory over Daria Kasatkina.

The Belarusian's passage to the next round came after a devastating injury to Kasatkina that forced the Russian to retire from the match.

The first set was delicately poised at 6-6 at the time, making Kasatkina's heartbreak that much harder to take.

Kasatkina rolled her right ankle while chasing a ball in the tiebreak, with Azarenka immediately rushing to her side to offer assistance.

The scenes that transpired next left viewers in awe of Azarenka's incredible displays of sportsmanship as she went out of her way to attend to her stricken opponent.

Azarenka, 31, brought her an ice pack and a towel before helping the Russian qualifier, who burst into tears, to her chair where she received treatment.

She later helped her opponent pack her bags, before kneeling down to offer her words of encouragement, followed by a warm embrace

Viewers were genuinely moved by Azarenka’s concern for her fellow competitor.

The Belarusian was showered with praise on social media for her stunning act of sportsmanship.