‘My Heart Stays at Home, My Mind Is Fighting Here’ – Ukrainian Tennis Star Dayana Yastremska Gets Emotional After Staging an Impressive Comeback in Lyon

Published 03/01/2022, 10:37 PM EST

It has been a turbulent few days in Eastern Europe. With the geopolitical tensions rising, it has left the world in a grave situation. Moreover, it has affected the sporting world too, with many Ukrainian stars like Elina Svitolina, Sergiy Stakhovsky, and others coming out to reveal their ordeal. Further, Ukrainian tennis star Dayana Yastremska shared her thoughts after playing an emotional match in Lyon yesterday.

Dayana Yastremska was up against World Number 97 Ana Bogdan in the first round of the Lyon Open. She staged an impressive comeback to defeat her opponent in a three-setter thriller.

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Dayana Yastremska gets emotional after winning in Lyon

The 21-year-old saved two match points to win the marathon first-round encounter against Ana Bogdan 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (7) in just over three hours. Further, it was an emotional and lovely moment at the net between the two, who embraced and exchanged heartfelt words after the match. “My heart stays at home, my mind is fighting here,” Yastremska said after her win.

Subsequently, after winning the match point, the Ukrainian expressed her emotions, denoting how much the win meant to her amidst the turbulent times.

Dayana Yastremska didn’t have an ideal start to the match. She lost the first set 6-3 against her higher-ranked opponent.

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Further, in the second set, the Ukrainian started brightly as she broke Bogdan’s serve in the very first game. However, the Romanian came back strongly to level the scoreline in the second set. Yastremska eventually won the closely fought second-set tiebreaker to level the match at one set apiece.

Aug 10, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine serves against Sloane Stephens of the United States (not pictured) during first round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports.

However, she couldn’t continue the momentum going into the third set, losing her very first service game. Yastremska came back strongly to level the third set 3-3. The match proceeded into the tie-breaker, where Yastremska saved match-point to prevail in the hard-fought match.

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She will next take on Cristina Bucsa of Spain in the second round.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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