Dayana Yastremska steals national award ahead of Elina Svitolina



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Dayana Yastremska steals national award ahead of Elina Svitolina

On the year-end WTA ranking list, there are four countries with multiple players in the top-22, with the Czech Republic, Ukraine, the USA and Croatia securing a place on the exclusive list. Elina Svitolina and Dayana Yastremska have been the brightest Ukrainian stars, with Elina finishing in the top-6 for the third straight year, winning no titles but reaching the semi-final at Wimbledon and the US Open and the title match at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

Still, that wasn't enough to ensure the national honor and the player of the year award, with the Federation giving it to Yastremska. The 19-year-old from Odessa had a breakthrough run in 2019, winning two WTA titles and 35 matches overall to finish 22nd after kicking off the year from outside the top-55.

A teenager was the quarter-finalist in Hobart at the beginning of the season, losing in the third round of the Australian Open to Serena Williams and claiming the title in Hua Hin just two weeks later, prevailing over Ajla Tomljanovic in the final clash.

Dayana couldn't do much in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, struggling to find the form on clay as well with the first-round exit in Istanbul, Madrid and Rome. Entering the last event before Roland Garros, Yastremska found her A-game in Strasbourg where she ousted Caroline Garcia in the deciding tie break for the second title of the season and return into the top-40.

After a couple of early losses, Dayana shined again on the major scene, advancing into the fourth round at Wimbledon and the third round in Toronto and the US Open where she won just two games against Svitolina! The young Ukrainian was the quarter-finalist in Wuhan and Tianjin, finishing the season just outside the top-20 after one victory at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.

Dayana has been preparing for the start of the new season, adding Sascha Bajin to her coaching staff and setting eyes on the top-10 in 2020.