ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Ukrainian women's tennis player Katarina Zavatska first learned that Russia had invaded her homeland, she was unable to pick up a racquet for more than a week.
Every waking second, she said her thoughts were consumed with the safety of her family back home in Ukraine.
With the Russia-Ukraine War now in its seventh week, Zavatska has come to grips with the "guilt" she first felt about about playing a game while her family lived in constant fear and danger.
She believes it is her duty to keep playing tennis.
"What I can do is to play tournaments to earn money, to send it to my family to help them because nobody has a job right now in my family,"