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The ex-girlfriend of Alexander Zverev claims she tried to commit suicide after he physically assaulted her in a hotel room in Geneva.
Olga Sharypova has made more disturbing claims against the World No.7 tennis player after last week alleging he tried to strangle her with a pillow before the 2019 US Open.
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In an interview with Racquet Magazine published on Thursday, Sharypova said she injected herself with insulin after the alleged incident in Geneva.
“We had another fight, and in that fight he punched me in the face for the first time,” Sharypova told the magazine.
“In other fights he was pushing me, shoving me, twisting my arms, choking me. But this was the first time he punched me, really punched me.
“After this fight he left the room, and I was dying. I was emotionally dying.
“I didn’t understand everything in my life. I couldn’t understand why I was dealing with this, and why he’s not leaving me, why this keeps happening.
“I understand that I can’t live like this anymore. I understand that I can’t be with this person anymore, but he can’t leave me. I knew he wouldn’t let me go.”
Sharypova said she injected herself with insulin in a suicide attempt, but later took glucose tablets that saved her life.
According to the author of the Racquet Magazine story, Sharypova showed a text message she sent to a friend containing pictures of bruises on her face and arms.
Zverev denies domestic violence allegations
On Wednesday, Zverev again denied accusations of domestic abuse following his second-round win against Miomir Kecmanovic at the Paris Masters tournament.
“I have said everything on my Instagram. There is nothing else I can add right now,” he said.
“I'm here to play tennis. I mean, the relationship, as I said, has been over for a very long time.
“I'm enjoying my time on court. I have said everything. They (the allegations) are not true, and there is nothing more I can say right now.”
Last week, Sharypova gave an interview to a Russian sports website in which she alleged the strangulation attempt and that Zverev also hit her head against a wall at a New York hotel before the tournament, saying she feared for her life.
Sharypova told CNN that she felt she needed to speak up - not just for herself but to help other women.
“I do not want to say that he is a bad person. I'm just saying that he did a terrible thing to me,” Sharypova told CNN.
“A huge number of girls suffer from cruelty, violence and abuse from men and do not tell their stories to anyone. Some are afraid, some just live with it, others simply cannot talk about this topic.
“It hurts me that in the 21st century we still have not come to the conclusion that a woman is also a person, a human.
“We must be respected, not treated like floor rags.”
Good on Olya for opening up. It would have been pretty scary! I just hope that she can handle all the negativity and what’s to come next. #ibelieveOlya #WhyIStayed except #whySheStayed #stopviolenceagainstwomen
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) October 29, 2020
Another ex-girlfriend, Brenda Patea, recently announced she is pregnant with Zverev's child, which the German confirmed on Twitter.
Zverev did not mention Patea or the pregnancy when he answered a question about how he could stay so focused on playing, given everything that has been happening off the court.
“Well, I'm here to play tennis. So, you know, I have been doing that well the last few weeks,” he said.
“I mean, since the comeback (restart) of the season, and I want to continue doing that.
“As you said, there is obviously a little bit of things going on. There is some very good news, I think.”
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If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au
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