World No. 97 Dayana Yastremska admitted the 2021 has been an "emotional rollercoaster" but she never backed down and now she is looking forward to the 2022 season. Yastremska was banned from competing on the WTA Tour for the first six months of the season as she kicked off her season in July.
After returning to the court following a lengthy absence, Yastremska was struggling to get into type of rhythm or find her form. Yastremska only twice managed to win back-to-back matches as her 2021 season was marked by early round exits.
On Monday, Yastremska lost to Jasmine Paolini in three sets in the Linz first round and her season came to an end. "Through ups and downs, this 2021 season has been a roller-coster emotionally speaking for me. But I never quit and kept my head up," Yastremska said in a Twitter post.
"I am super grateful to play the sport I deeply love and I already can't wait for next season! Thanks for your support, it means so much to me!"
The ITF found Yastremska not guilty
Mesterolone was the substance found in Yastremska's that led to her suspension.
In June, the ITF concluded its investigation and said Yastremska didn't intentionally take the substance. "Ms. Yastremska, a 20-year-old player from Ukraine, provided an Out-of-Competition urine sample on 24 November 2020.
That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain a metabolite of mesterolone. Mesterolone, a non-Specified Substance, is prohibited under category S1 of the 2020 WADA Prohibited List (Anabolic Agents), and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme," the ITF's statement published in June read "Ms.
Yastremska was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample) on 22 December 2020 and was provisionally suspended with effect from 7 January 2021.
Following a hearing, the Independent Tribunal accepted Ms. Yastremska’s account of how the mesterolone entered her system and determined that she bore No Fault or Negligence for the violation within the meaning of Programme Article 10.5.
Where a finding of No Fault or Negligence is made, Programme Article 10.5 provides that any otherwise applicable period of Ineligibility shall be eliminated entirely. Therefore, Ms. Yastremska’s provisional suspension is lifted with immediate effect, and she will not serve any period of Ineligibility for her violation. For the avoidance of doubt, Ms. Yastremska is eligible to resume competition immediately."