Sharapova’s charity, in partnership with the UN, provides scholarships and supports youth projects in areas of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia that were affected by the nuclear accident. In her upcoming visit, the former number-one-ranked tennis player is scheduled to visit a local arts center, tour a mental health facility, and meet students who have won scholarships from her foundation. “Giving young people the tools they need to reach for their dreams is a good way to overcome the Chornobyl legacy,” she said in a statement.
Meanwhile, anticipation is building for a potential fourth-round clash between Sharapova and defending champion Serena Williams, whom she defeated in the 2004 final.
-- Richard Solash