‘Difficult To Cope With Negative Comments’: Dayana Yastremska On Her Suspension Termination After Failing Doping Test

Published 06/23/2021, 2:38 AM EDT


Dayana Yastremska was subject to a doping accusation, back in January 2021. The World Anti-Doping Agency found her guilty of using a banned substance through her urine sample submission. However, an Independent Tribunal has found her innocent, and the player is clear of any wrongdoing. The Ukrainian can now resume playing tennis again.

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Dayana revealed that the positive test of the sample was due to a “contamination event”; she did not happen to use any performance-enhancing drug. The 21-year-old was playing in the Linz Open in November 2020, when she was accused of doping. A metabolite of mesterolone was found in her sample.

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Dayana Yastremska and her journey in the past six months

Dayana last played in the Linz Open, in November 2020. She lost out in the first round of the women’s singles event, against Greet Minnen of Belgium. She has not played a single tournament since then. Dayana was suspended from January 7, as a result of a positive test.

She had to pull out of the Australian Open in February, as the body rejected her appeal against the doping suspension. The ban also meant that she had to pull out of the French Open, and will not take part in the Wimbledon Championships, which begins on Monday.

I’m glad and relieved to announce that I have been cleared of any wrongdoing… I’ve been through a lot during the last six months and it has been difficult to cope with all the negative comments,” said the Ukrainian on her Twitter handle.

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Dayana hails from Ukraine and turned pro in 2016. She has won a total of three career titles in the WTA events. Her best finish at a Grand Slam event has been her fourth-round finish in the Wimbledon Championship 2019. Now, she will be able to train and come back for the Tokyo Olympic Games, beginning next month.

Doping tests can either end the career of a player or delay it. In Dayana’s case, it has been delayed by six months. She could not take part in three Grand Slam events this year, even though she repeatedly kept appealing. The Independent Tribunal’s decision has given her the impetus to start afresh. A difficult six months in her career has however taught her a lesson and will help her motivate herself to achieve greatness.

The World No. 37 has a lot of time ahead of her, as she is only 21-years old, and a challenge awaits the Ukrainian in the near future.

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