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Tennis: Pavlyuchenkova set to play at US Open after resolving visa issues

Tennis: Pavlyuchenkova set to play at US Open after resolving visa issues

Jessica Pegula from USA hits a shot against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia (not pictured) during the second round play at Stade IGA. (Photo: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK: French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will compete at the US Open after sorting out her visa issues that had forced her to withdraw from the Cincinnati tune-up event.

Pavlyuchenkova, 30, was unable to travel from Montreal to Cincinnati earlier this month due to visa issues and had hoped to get it in time for the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows in New York.

"Miracle happened, I got my visa," Pavlyuchenkova, who is seeded 14th at the US Open, wrote on Twitter.

"Thanks for all supportive messages, it was a very stressful time and it's a shame athletes still have to deal with this nonsense. Anyway, this off-court battle is over and I'm finally on my way to New York."

The main draw of the US Open gets underway in New York on Monday. Pavlyuchenkova faces American Alison Riske in the first round.

Pavlyuchenkova competed at the Tokyo Olympics where she lost to eventual champion Belinda Bencic in the quarter-finals of the women's singles competition but she captured gold in the mixed doubles event with Andrey Rublev.

Source: Reuters

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