Victoria Azarenka makes hand gesture towards Wimbledon crowd as she is booed off after losing to Elina Svitolina

VICTORIA AZARENKA got BOOED off court by fans after losing to Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina.

The Belarusian 19th seed was beaten  2-6 6-4 7-6 in an emotionally-charged last-16 clash.

GettyElina Svitolina enjoys the ‘second happiest moment of my life’[/caption]

BBCVictoria Azarenka reacted to being jeered off by the Wimbledon crowd[/caption]

PAAzarenka departed on a low point after a dramatic defeat to Svitolina[/caption]

It was Wimbledon’s first singles meeting between a Ukrainian player and one of the country’s aggressor nations.

And Svitolina collapsed on to her back, holding her face, after winning a deciding ten-point tie-break 11-9.

The pair refused a handshake at the end, opting for a racquet salute instead.

Some fans jeered Azarenka off court and she responded by cuffing her wrists together above her head.

The pair barely acknowledged each other when they walked on, refusing to even look at one another during the coin toss for choice of service and ends.

Cries of “Slava Ukraini” — glory to Ukraine —  broke out  from the heavily Svitolina-backing crowd.

Svitolina thanked fans and said:  “After giving birth, this was the second happiest moment of my life.

“When I was 2-0 down in the second set I heard you guys cheering for me and almost wanted to cry.

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“I wanted to win so much. You guys gave me so much strength — it was really unbelievable.

“I knew there were lots of people cheering for me back home and I know how much it means for them,  any moments of happiness they can share.”

ReutersAzarenka also gestured towards her conqueror Svitolina[/caption]

Ukrainian Svitolina declined to shake the hand of Belarusian AzarenkaRex

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