Eugenie Bouchard insulted by Dayana Yastremska after US Open qualifying defeat… reignited drama after Canadian tennis player called Ukrainian ‘dropper’ at Madrid Open

  • Bouchard beats Yastremska at April’s Madrid Open and calls her a ‘doper’
  • The Ukrainian player was briefly suspended, but that was canceled in June 2021
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Even in the US Open qualifiers there will be drama.

In a battle between former top players Eugenie Bouchard and Dayana Yastremska, Dayana Yastremska beat her Canadian counterpart in an act of revenge for her loss at April’s Madrid Open.

After beating Bouchard 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, Yastremska made a beeline for the referee’s chair, then onto the bench – glaring at the Canadian across from her and not offering a post-match handshake.

Most likely this stems from a Madrid Open match – in which Bouchard celebrated his victory with a controversial post on social media.

In a post – which showcased his win – the Canadian tweeted, ‘There’s something about playing dopers in Madrid’.

Dayana Yastremska
Eugenie Bouchard
Yastremska glared at Bouchard after her win, shaking the referee’s hand without doing the same to the Canadian. Bouchard called Yastremska a ‘dropper’ after winning in Madrid this year.
Bouchard has struggled to find form early in his career after a string of injuries

Bouchard eventually deleted the tweet, then sent out an apology. “I want to apologize for my tweet,” he wrote at the time.

‘It was an error in judgment, and unnecessary. While I always champion fair play, I am not compiling all the facts and certainly do not intend to cause any harm. I will continue to train myself going forward, both on and off the pitch.”

Yastremska – once ranked 21st in the world – tested positive for mesterelone, an anabolic steroid, and was given a provisional suspension in January 2021.

After she denied the allegations and launched a subsequent investigation, the ITF ruled that Yastremska was “not guilty or negligent” of the positive test result and the ban was lifted.

The two players are at opposite ends of their careers – with 23-year-old Yastremska just one win away from reaching the US Open main draw. He had to beat Elena Gabriela Ruse to do it.

Meanwhile Bouchard, who is 29, has picked up a number of injuries – a sharp departure from the sport he experienced when he reached the Wimbledon final in 2014.

This was his third qualifying round elimination of the year and his fifth in a row. Bouchard has not qualified for a Grand Slam singles event since the 2020 French Open.

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