Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska falls at Indian Wells

Dayana Yastremska said that explosions woke her from her sleep in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, as Russian troops invaded her hometown of Odessa, Ukraine.

The 21-year-old professional tennis player said last week in Lyon, France, that, though in shock, she and her teenage sister, and their parents, fled their home and took shelter in an underground parking garage while bombs continued to explode around them.

On Wednesday, not yet two weeks since the beginning of the Russian invasion, Yastremska walked out onto Stadium Court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It was her sixth match di lei since leaving Ukraine, counting the five she played when she reached the final last week in Lyon.

In the first evening match at the 2022 BNP Paribas Open, Yastremska walked out onto the court draped in the Ukraine flag, and she eventually took the court wearing the blue and yellow colors of her country.

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