Young Dayana Yastremska is now in 29th position in the WTA ranking, but she was also 21st twelve months ago. Over the course of her short career she reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2019 and won three WTA Tour titles: Hong Kong, Hua Hin and Strasbourg.
In Melbourne she never made it through the third game, while last year she stopped in the second round against the Danish Caroline Wozniacki. Recently, Dayana was suspended by the 'International Tennis Federation' (ITF) following the discovery of the presence of mesterolone - not allowed by anti-doping - in a control in November 2020.
However, Ukraine flew to Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the season, hoping for the success of her appeal to the independent court, which was however rejected. We have to recall that she said: "I am surprised and in shock, especially since two weeks before this test - November 9 - I was tested at the Linz tournament and found negative.
After the last tournament of the year, I stopped training to rest for the start of the new season. Only a low concentration of the metabolite was detected in my urine. Given the low concentration and the previous negative test, I received a scientific opinion that the result is consistent with some form of contamination.
Furthermore, I have been informed that this substance is used as a medical treatment for men and that it is not recommended for women due to the adverse effects it causes."
Suspension for Dayana confirmed
Ukraine therefore decided to challenge the latest decision at the Lausanne Sports Arbitration Tribunal, but here too the result was not what was hoped for: "The provisional suspension imposed on Dayana Yastremska", reads a statement released by the CAS itself, “remains in force until a final decision by the ITF is issued”.
This means that the top 30 player will not be able to take part in the Melbourne Grand Slam, which she has consistently featured on the main draw since 2019. Last season, Dayana reached the final in the Adelaide event, losing in two sets to hostess Ashleigh Barty.
Ukraine boasts three players in the top 100 of the world rankings: in addition to Yastremska, also champion Elina Svitolina (5th) and Marta Kostyuk (78th). 31-year-old Lesia Tsurenko, former 23rd WTA, today occupies position number 148.
In 2020, the American Sofia Kenin triumphed at Melbourne Park, in the final over Garbine Muguruza. Kenin was able to play the last act also at Roand Garros, but was defeated by an amazing Iga Swiatek.