‘Still Wasn’t Born’- Dayana Yastremska on Making ‘History’ After Reaching the Australian Open Semifinals

Published 01/23/2024, 10:22 PM EST

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The WTA division of the Australian Open has the first contender of its second semifinal in place. Dayana Yastremska beat her opponent, Linda Noskova, in a great tennis match. She closed the match out in three sets and went on to create history in the tournament. She is the first qualifier to reach the semifinals in a rather long time. 

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Yastremska has managed to attain great results in the ongoing Australian Open. The Ukrainian player has outshined some of the best the WTA has to offer and continues to do so.

Dayana Yastremska giddy after making history

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Yastremska fought Noskova in the quarterfinal and came into the match with great momentum. She fought hard in the qualifiers and in the main draw, only dropped one set. She upset players like Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon champion Marketa Voundrosova in her stint. She beat Noskova in straight sets and will now be the first qualifier to play in the Australian Open semifinal since 1978.

After the match, Yastremska was all smiles as she had a drink and packed her bags. When asked about creating history in the tournament, she said, “I think it’s nice to make history because at that time I still wasn’t born. I was born in 2000. So it’s the next generation. I’m super happy. I’m tired, but really happy (laughs). 💙💛

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The 20-year-old Ukrainian star will now aim to climb higher and higher up the ladder and keep this momentum moving in future tournaments. 

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Yastremska has been able to reach her current stage as she was once coached by the former hitting partner of Serena Williams and coach of Naomi Osaka.

Yastremka’s partnership with Sasha Bajin

Dayana Yastremska and coach Sascha Bajin’s cooperation began well, with both of them displaying excellent synergy. However, the year 2020 would change things for the two. Yastremska met Naomi Osaka in the Cincinnati Masters and lost. Things took an unexpected turn when Dayana openly expressed her displeasure with X after Sascha complimented Naomi Osaka on defeating her.

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It was followed by a shock announcement as Yastremska later said she would be parting ways with Bajin after the US Open. Yastremska’s father later revealed that the partnership between his daughter and Bajin was great, but he wasn’t theirs mentally. Hence, parting was the only viable option for the player. While it took time for her to find her rhythm, she was finally amongst the stars. 

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