Dayana Yastremska is a Ukrainian professional tennis player, who has a career-high Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No 21 in the world. Yastremska has won three WTA titles in four finals appearances.
Dayana Yastremska was born on May 15, 2000, in Odesa, Ukraine. When Yastremska was five years old, her grandfather introduced her to tennis. After trying other sports such as gymnastics and swimming, she chose to focus on tennis. Dayana Yastremska had early success as a junior, finishing runner-up at the 12-and-under Junior Orange Bowl in 2012. She made her debut on the ITF Junior Circuit in March 2014 at the age of 13.
Dayana Yastremska debuted in professional tennis in 2015, at the age of 15. In March and February, she took part twice at the $15,000 W15 Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), reaching the second round and semi-finals (being defeated by Czech Marketa Vondrousova). In July, she took part also at $10,000 Istanbul (Turkey) but lost in the first round.
In 2016, Dayana Yastremska was playing simultaneously in the professional and junior tours. She reached the quarter-finals of the Junior Australian Open in January, while a month later won her first ITF title at $25,000 W25 Campinas (Brazil). In April, the Ukrainian girl debuted in the WTA tour, taking part in WTA 250 TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, but was defeated in the first round. Later the same year, she was the runner-up at Junior Wimbledon. By the end of the year, the 16-year-old Dayana Yastremska reached the semi-finals of $25,000 W25 Telavi (Georgia) and the quarter0finals of $100,000 Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt).
The Ukrainian tennis girl turned entirely to the ITF and WTA tours in 2017. She made her first breakthrough at WTA 250 TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, reaching the quarter-finals. Later during the year, Dayana Yastremska won $60,000 Dunakeszi (Hungary) and was runner-up at $100,000 Saint-Petersburg (Russia).
In 2018, Dayana Yastremska kept her good performance. In the first half of the year, she was the runner-up at the $100,000 Cagnes-Sur-Mer (France) and $100,000 W100 Ilkley (Great Britain). In July, she won $60,000 W60+H Rome (Italy) and reached the semi-finals of $100,000 Budapest (Hungary). In October, Dayana Yastremska won her first WTA title from the WTA 250 Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. Later, she reached the semi-finals of the WTA 250 BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open. These good results turned the young tennis player into Top 100 and she finished the year at No 58.
Dayana Yastremska made another great season in 2019. She won two more WTA trophies at WTA 250 GSB Thailand Open and WTA 250 Internationaux de Strasbourg. She reached the third round of the Australian Open and the US Open, the fourth-round of Wimbledon and the quarter-finals of the WTA 1000 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. This great performance pushed her ranking up and climbed to No 22.
In 2020, Dayana Yastremska reached the final of the WTA 500 Adelaide International, but lost the final from Ashleigh Barty. During the year, she reached the third round of WTA 1000 Qatar Total Open and WTA 1000 Western & Southern Open. She climbed to No 21 for a while but after failed to defend points, slid to No 29 at the end of the year.
On January 7, 2021, the ITF announced that, in November 2020, Dayana Yastremska had tested positive for a metabolite of mesterolone, an anabolic steroid medication that is prohibited by WADA. On June 22, 2021, the ITF ruled that Yastremska «bore no fault or negligence» for the positive test result, and announced that her provisional suspension would be lifted with immediate effect. She would serve no period of ineligibility, and would be able to resume competition immediately. In July, she took part at the WTA 250 Hamburg European Open and reached the semi-finals. She was part of the Ukrainian team for the Tokyo Olympics and took part in the tennis tournament, but lost in the first round.
Dayana Yastremska is one of the most talented Ukrainian tennis players. She has a bright future and for sure we will hear her name more and more.