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The tattoos of Aliona Bolsava, the new lioness of Spanish tennis

The tattoos of Aliona Bolsava, the new lioness of Spanish tennis

Aliona Bolsava likes lionesses. The Spanish revelation at this Roland Garros, where they qualified for the round of 16 in their first Grand Slam main draw on Saturday, considers that animal a feminist symbol due to its hunting instinct.

“The lioness tattoo is for feminism,” he explained to the press at Roland Garros about the animal that adorns his left arm, completely exposed when he plays in a tank top.

“She’s the one who hunts, the one who’s boss,” says the current 137th in the WTA ranking, who will make a big leap in the rankings after her Parisian adventure.

Not only for that, but also because by name, Aliona, he was nicknamed “Lion” or “Liona”, so he turned that name almost into a hallmark.

But it is not at all the only tattoo on the body of this young woman born 21 years ago in Moldova but who grew up on the Catalan Costa Brava.

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The other most significant is the one that wears on the back, in the area of ​​the right shoulder blade, where a phrase is written in English with the motto: “Limits only exist if you allow them.”

He did it when he was 16 years old, in the middle of a tough adolescence. He has said that he had bulimia problems and a complicated relationship with his father, who was very demanding in his sports training.

Aliona mismanaged that pressure and ended up moving on a scholarship to the United States, where she got away from tennis for a while.

After tattooing the English phrase, the next tattoo was a flower with a key, which was made on one thigh and is less visible, only when playing in short shorts.

The key, he explained, is to “close an era,” to end a moment in his life that he remembers with bitterness.

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The third tattoo was that of the lioness head on the upper part of the left arm, which was later accompanied in that area by floral motifs that resemble the shape of a scorpion due to its zodiac sign, Scorpio, and a word, «Authenticity », Written in Catalan, one of the four languages ​​he speaks fluently, along with Spanish, English and Russian.

On his chest he got two tattoos, a symbol of resilience and a palm tree, the latter fact during his time as a student in Florida.

“The lioness tattoo is for feminism,” he explained to the press at Roland Garros.

– Olympic lineage –

Aliona Bolsava is not a peculiar player because of her aesthetics, but also because of her concerns.

A great lover of history and art, he has taken advantage of his stay in Paris, where he has been in the previous qualifying rounds for more than two weeks, to visit the main museums of the city.

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She studies History, Geography and Art History in Barcelona and on Saturday June 8, the day of the Roland Garros women’s final, she has an exam scheduled … which she will not be able to attend if she continues her epic and reaches that last match in Paris.

Sport runs through Aliona’s veins. His maternal grandparents and parents became Olympians, albeit in athletics.

His mother Olga, who was with the Unified Team in Barcelona-1992 and with Moldova in Atlanta-1996, Sydney-2000 and Athens-2004, is also a physiotherapist and is with her in Paris.

He dined with her on the Saturday after his victory, before “having a valerian” and going to sleep happily, thinking about his match on Monday against the American Amanda Anisimova (51st in the world).

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