Ostapenko Beats Larsson Who Tells Swedish Media She is Gay at WTA Seoul
by Staff | September 19th, 2017, 11:19 am
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Reigning French Open champion and No. 1 seed Jelena Ostapenko won on Tuesday at the Korea Open WTA event in Seoul, defeating Swden’s Johanna Larsson 7-6(6), 6-1 to move into the second round.


The match was more significant for Larsson telling the local Swedish media that she is gay.

“I kept my first relationship secret from everyone for two years before the situation got untenable. It was horrible to lie,” she told Sweden’s SVT TV. “I remember once that my mother had asked me if I met a woman and I denied it. I closed in upon myself, and I had no choice. My mum’s reaction was unbelievable, she told me ‘I love you no matter what.’”

Larsson said part of keeping the secret so long was lying to herself, and part of it was fear of losing sponsorships.

Ostapenko avoided a rash of upsets Tuesday as No. 2 Kiki Bertens fell to Dutch countrywoman Richel Hogenkamp 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, No. 3 Kristyna Pliskova lost to Korean wildcard Na-Lae Han, and No. 8 Christina Mchale fell to Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus.

The 25-year-old Han delighted the home crowd against the big-serving Pliskova whose sister is a former world No. 1 earlier this year. Han entered the tournament ranked No. 274.


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6 Comments for Ostapenko Beats Larsson Who Tells Swedish Media She is Gay at WTA Seoul

Humble Rafa Says:

Is this news? The Arrogant One is not playing this week, that doesn’t mean you should cover something as news.


SG1 Says:

Interesting that Tennis X hasn’t really touched much on the Laver Cup (…or maybe I missed that thread). It’s a bit of a farce but it’s still elite level tennis.

Kind of wished the World Team looked a little better. If Novak and Andy were healthy, this thing would be a total turkey shoot.


SG1 Says:

In golf equivalency it would be like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead playing a bunch of scratch golfers.


SG1 Says:

Hard to believe that tennis was once dominated by Americans and Australians.


Humble Rafa Says:

No worries. When the “staff” returns next week, and they find out that this whole farce was created by the Arrogant One, they will create multiple threads to this so-called tennis event.

I only show up for the money, I am happy to say.


SG1 Says:

Imagine these were your last words…”I only show up for the money”. I doubt Rafa needs more money at this point though like most people, he’s not averse to taking it. I think it’s admirable that he wants to represent Europe. Good on him. He’s been pretty injury prone over his career so voluntarily playing matches that aren’t necessary seems to indicate a source of pride in Europe and his home country of Spain. Perhaps you would only show up for the money.


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