Dayana Yastremska driving a hard bargain in Tianjin and beyond


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Dayana Yastremska driving a hard bargain in Tianjin and beyond

"First of all this day will stay forever in my memory," the 19-year-old Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska said with a broad smile after winning her first main draw match in a grand slam. It was the start of a strong season there at the Australian Open.

The crowd just absorbed her powerful performance over Sam Stosur but Yastremska wasn't finished yet. She'd won two titles already at the Hua Hin Championships defeating Alja Tomlijanovic in 3 sets and at the Strasbourg Open defeating no.

4 Caroline Garcia. Dayana was overjoyed to win over Alja saying "The match was really tough for me." In the tournament she also defeated Garbine Muguruza on the way to the Hua Hin final. She'd also won over Muguruza previously at the Dubai Duty Free event.

Karolina Pliskova might have gotten too relaxed when playing Yastremska, as the tenn knocked her out of the Madrid Open in fine fashion. A few tournaments ago at Wuhan, Pliskova was a competitor unsure of the damage Yastremska could do when her game is on and focus is consistent.

the 18-year-old knows how to come through the big moments playing Kiki Bertens at the China Open was proof. The Ukraine pushed the opening set to a tiebreak winning four points in a row. But at times she feels herself losing focus causing Bertens to win the match 7-6, 6-3.

The Asian Swing has been a challenge for Yastremska but has gathered her strategies together with the present tournament - The Tianjin Open. She's already won over Lin Zhu 6-2, 6-3 and looking so much to go deep at Tianjin.

She is never afraid of her opponent's rank or level of play. When she moved up from no. 47 to no. 34, after her Hua Hin title, she confessed "I don't think right now about ranking. I think...about how to perfect myself and take the experience."

At this time Dayana Yastremska is ranked no. 23 and if she can capture the Tianjin title, she will be a solid top 20 WTA player always striving to go higher and play better.