‘You Deserve It’- Ana Bogdan Posts an Emotional Message After Ukrainian WTA Star Dayana Yastremska Breaks Down in Tears on Court

Published 03/02/2022, 4:00 AM EST

With the current situation around Europe, it’s hard for players to concentrate on tennis. However, as professional tennis players, they have to perform on the court despite all the emotions running through their veins. Yesterday at the Lyon Open, we saw such an example of this, as the Ukrainian tennis player, Dayana Yastremska, showed her true spirit and fight to advance in the second round of the tournament.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian tennis player could not hold her emotions back after beating Ana Bogdan of Romania in an outstanding match. Later, Ana Bogdan also showed true sportsmanship, as she wrote a beautiful message to Yastremska on social media.

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.

Ana Bogdan’s beautiful message to an emotional Dayana Yastremska

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The match between Yastremska and Bogdan was remarkable in itself. After going down in the first set by 3-6, Yastremska made a sensational comeback in the second and the third set. The Ukrainian tennis player won the next two sets in tie breaks to beat Bogdan by 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

After the match, we saw the 21-year-old tennis player grabbing the Ukrainian flag around her shoulder with the cheers of the crowd. Later she showed some love for her home country, as she tweeted, “The hardest match of my life.”

Meanwhile, after the match, Bogdan and Yastremska shared an emotional embrace at the net. A few hours later, Bogdan wrote a beautiful message on Instagram showing full support for the Ukrainian tennis player.

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“Today was meant to be your day. And you deserve it totally! It was the hardest match I’ve ever played in terms of feelings and holding emotions… but somehow I knew it was not fair. May God protect you, your sister, your family, and all the other people! May we all live in peace,” Bogdan wrote on Instagram stories. 

Yastremska appreciated Ana’s support, and she wrote, “Thank you for the support.”

Ukrainian players showing their support on the court

Earlier at the Lyon Open, Yastremska and her little sister showed their full support for Ukraine during their doubles match. They wrapped the Ukrainian flag around their shoulders as they came on the court. 

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Elina Svitolina, another Ukrainian tennis player, said she will not play against Belarusian and Russian athletes until ATP, WTA, and ITF clarify their stance on those athletes. After ATP and WTA announced the immediate suspension of the Russian and Belarusian tennis federation, Svitolina took the court and sent a message after winning her first match in Monterrey Open. She will donate all of her prize money to help her country in every way possible. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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