Does Dayana Yastremska Have a Tennis Playing Sibling? Everything to Know About Her Ukrainian Family

Published 01/24/2024, 11:25 AM EST

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Talk about creating shockwaves in the tennis world and Dayana Yastremska has the perfect solution for it. Just a few years back, she was deeply affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. However, she didn’t let geopolitical tensions affect her dreams. At the ongoing Australian Open, she made it to the semifinals after entering the tournament as a qualifier. She has the back of her family and her sister, who also has a connection to this sport.

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The 23-year-old has a younger sister, Ivanna. The latter, who is just 17, is also a tennis player like her elder sister. Let’s dig deep into her career and achievements.

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Ivanna, the 17-year-old tennis sensation, is still in the early days of her tennis career. Back in 2021, she notched two singles victories at local tournaments. However, she has yet to win a match on the ITF Junior Circuit, ITF Women’s Circuit, or the WTA Tour.

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The two sisters have had a chilling incident during the Russia-Ukraine conflict. As geopolitical tensions rose, they fled Ukraine through Romania and escaped to France. In France, they resided at a hotel in Lyon. Subsequently, they were awarded a wildcard to play doubles together at WTA Lyon Open. However, their campaign ended in the first round, as they lost to Spaniard Georgina Garcia-Perez and Switzerland’s Xenia Knoll 6-2, 6-4.

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Further, Yastremska’s father is a volleyball player, and her grandfather introduced her to tennis when she was just five. Yastremska had her parents’ support to pursue the sport and she credits them for playing a crucial role in the development of her career.

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Meanwhile, Yastremska has often spoken about the difficulties back home due to the geopolitical tensions. She once narrated the horrific incident that led to the two sisters’ move to France.

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Yastremska narrates the details of horrific times

As tensions rose in her native country, the two sisters, who were pursuing their tennis ambitions, fled the country and found a safe space in France. During an interview after their escape, Yastremska narrated details about the horrifying incident.

She said, “After spending two nights in the underground parking, my parents made a decision at any cost to send me and my little sister out of Ukraine! Mom, Dad, we love you very much, take care of yourself!!! I love you my country! Ukrainians take care of your lives.”

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The Ukrainian star was emotional as she detailed this dark incident. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see how she has gathered the courage to excel in her tennis career. Yastremska is into the semifinals of the Australian Open and will take on Qinwen Zheng next. It’ll be interesting to see how she performs tomorrow in the exciting contest.

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Vatsal Shah

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Being a die-hard fan of tennis and an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal, tennis has been a part of my life even before I ventured into sports journalism. If I have learned anything from the incredible career of the ?King of Clay?, it is to constantly enhance your skill sets, no matter at what stage you are in your career. This motivated me to complete an Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management while pursuing my career as a sports writer.
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Shudh Mukherjee

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