ALEX ZVEREV's ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova has made yet more domestic abuse claims – saying it got so bad she even attempted to take her own life.
Last week, the German, 23, denied allegations he tried to strangle the Russian and hit her head against a wall at the 2019 US Open.
World No7 Zverev – who has known Sharypova, also 23, since they were 14 – called the claims 'unfounded' and 'simply not true'.
The allegations came to light after claims from another ex, Brenda Patea, that she was pregnant with his child and wanted sole custody of the baby.
But now former tennis player Sharypova has added even more details about Zverev's alleged abusive behaviour, both physically and emotionally.
Speaking about their US Open row, she told RacquetMag she was 'scared for her life'.
Sharypova said: "In New York I ran away. This time, I really was scared for my life. It wasn’t our normal fight – it was really scary. I was screaming…
"Because of that he threw me down onto the bed, took a pillow, and then sat on my face. I couldn’t breathe for some time.
"I’m screaming and started to run.”
Sharypova claims she was barefoot and standing on the chilly streets of New York when she was saved by some passers-by.
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She said: “They helped to hide me, the strangers. They saw me, and they saw Sascha coming to look for me.
"Some men went to him and started talking to him. At this point, when the guy was talking to him, I escaped."
Desperate the escape to Russia, Sharypova says she found her possessions strewn out in the corridor of the hotel and she claimed her passport was missing.
Eventually, Sharypova was convinced to reconcile with Zverev by a friend and his step-mother – who admitted she didn't believe the Russian's claims – three days later.
The friend's step-mum – known only as Mrs V – told RacquetMag: "I didn’t believe her; I was absolutely on his side.
“I feel so f***ing guilty that I didn’t believe her.”
Sharypova – who dated Zverev for over a year in total – claimed she even attempted to commit suicide after a particularly heated row at last year's Laver Cup in Geneva.
Speaking of the trip to Switzerland, Sharypova told RacquetMag: "Whatever happened in Geneva, it was worse than anything that came before.
"[After New York] he understood that he’s much stronger than me, physically."
"He starts doing this much more. We had another fight. In that fight he punched me in the face for the first time", she 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."
Sharypova continued: "I was emotionally dying. I couldn't live like this anymore.
"I understand that I can’t be with this person anymore, but I knew he wouldn’t let me go.”
On her suicide attempt, she heartbreakingly said: "I wasn’t scared…
"I just wanted to leave in some way, because I can’t stand it anymore.
“I was ready for that; I wanted to. I didn’t want to live anymore."
Sharypova told RacquetMag she will not press charges against Zverev – and merely hopes to help those in toxic relationships escape.
She concluded: “Thank God I’m alive, and thank God I’m happy now, and thank God it’s done. And now I’m far away from it."
After Sharypova's initial allegations last week, Zverev insisted they were 'simply not true'.
Zverev wrote: "The unfounded accusations of my ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova, which I read in the media today… make me very sad.
"We have known each other since we were children and shared many experiences together.
"I very much regret that she makes such statements. Because the accusations are simply not true.
"We had a relationship, but it ended a long time ago. Why Olga is making these accusations now, I just don't know.
"I really hope that the two of us will find a way to deal with each other again in a reasonable and respectful way."
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