Dayana Yastremska showed will and fighting spirit to win her first-round match against Ana Bogdan at the Lyon Open. Yastremska and her sister who were forced to leave their home and parents behind after their country, Ukraine, was invaded by Russia last week reached France by way of Romania.
The 21-year-old came from a set down and a break down in each of the latter two sets before pulling off a 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(7) in three hours and five minutes. In addition, Yastremska also saved a couple of match points en route to her victory.
Yastremska shared after her win, “I'm happy that I won for my country, but at the same time I'm very sad. My heart stays at home, and my mind is fighting here, so it's very difficult to find the concentration, to find the balance.
This win, compared to what's going on in my country, is nothing. But I'm happy, at least, I'm also fighting for my country. I'm really proud of the Ukrainians and they're really heroes. I hope everything is going to finish soon”.
In the second round, she will face Cristina Bucsa.
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Meanwhile, in the other results in the French event, French player Caroline Garcia upset the top seed, Camila Giorgi in their round-of-32 match.
Garcia won 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 in two hours and three minutes. In the second round, Garcia will play another Italian in Martina Trevisan. Trevisan came through the Italian derby against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, 6-3, 6-2. Shuai Zhang, seeded eighth in the event, took down Frenchwoman, Kristina Mladenovic in their first-round clash.
Zhang won 7-6(3), 7-5 in two hours and three minutes. Next up for Zhang is Arantxa Rus, who ousted Danka Kovinic, 6-3, 6-0. German qualifier, Tamara Korpatsch also advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over Oceane Dodin of France.
Korpatsch will play fifth seed Jasmine Paolini, who’d previously reached the second round. Seventh seed Alison Van Uytvanck and second seed Sorana Cirstea also reached the round-of-16 at the Lyon Open. Van Uytvanck defeated Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-0 while the Romanian beat Mariam Bolkvadze, 6-3, 6-1.
The Belgian will play Varvara Gracheva for a place in the quarters while Cirstea will take on Stefanie Voegele. Photo Credit: Dayana Yastremska Twitter
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