THE STRAITS TIMES – Dayana Yastremska’s unexpected run to the Lyon Open final ended in defeat on Sunday but the Ukrainian said she would donate her prize money towards aid efforts following Russia’s invasion of her country 10 days ago.
Yastremska, who has won three WTA titles, fled Ukraine with her younger sister with help from their parents just days after the invasion began on February 24. She said she spent two nights in an underground parking lot before they fled.
The 21-year-old took the first set against Zhang Shuai before losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to the eighth seed, who came back from 4-2 down in the decider to clinch the title.
“The prize money I earn here I’m going to give to the Ukrainian Foundation to support Ukraine,” Yastremska, who draped her country’s flag around her shoulders, said at the