Controversial women's tennis star Dayana Yastremska has sparked uproar at the Australian Open after being accused of a "classless" act during her chastening first round loss.
The Ukrainian is no stranger to scandal and her rollercoaster defeat to American Madison Brengle was no exception.
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The World No.144 bowed out of the year's first grand slam after going down 6-1 0-6 5-0 in what will surely be one of the most bizarre matches at Melbourne Park.
Yastremska's defeat was confounding enough considering the fact she hit 31 winners when compared to Brengle's one.
However, it was the staggering 60 unforced errors that proved the Ukrainian hot-head's undoing.
Yastremska is known to Australian tennis fans after travelling to Melbourne Park last year while on a provisional ban.
The 21-year-old eventually cleared her name over the doping incident but sparked more controversy after taking a medical time out (MTO) at a vital moment in her second round clash against Caty McNally at last year's Southern & Western Open in Cincinnati.
She was also accused of faking an injury by former champion Caroline Wozniacki during the 2018 Australian Open, with Yastremska gaining an unwanted reputation for gamesmanship and flouting medical timeout rules.
On Tuesday in Melbourne, Yastremska appeared to be up to her old tricks again after retiring in the deciding set against Brengle while trailing 5-0.
Tennis Podcast host David Law said the move was widely “frowned upon” by fellow players, with many furious tennis fans pointing out that it's not the first time Yastremska has retired so late in a match - presumably to save herself from the embarrassment of suffering a 'bagel'.
— Let Bet on Set (@BetGodNj) January 17, 2022
Omg what a classless move by @D_Yastremska
Especially in a grand slam
— The Gambling Tailor (@TheGambleTailor) January 17, 2022
Yastremska is so petty💀
— Thee Stan Girl (@onscocoleylah) January 17, 2022
— Matt (@Matt62485467) January 17, 2022
— R 🌹🏴 (@ChronicallyT) January 17, 2022
The 6-1, 0-6, 5-0, ret. win by Madison Brengle over Dayana Yastremska at the #AusOpen featured ONE winner by Brengle. On @TennisChannel Martina Navratilova called the retirement at that stage of the match "lame" and Jon Wertheim called it "not cool"
— Randy Walker (@TennisPublisher) January 18, 2022
Also so on brand for Yastremska to retire down 0-5 in the third. 😂
— perv ertlinger (@landyklk) January 17, 2022
Yastremska know she could have finished that match. Lmao. Didn’t she do this before?? 😂
— 🤨 (@iAmNELLEZ_) January 17, 2022
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) January 17, 2022
Ash Barty, Sam Stosur through to second round
On Tuesday, veteran Sam Stosur kept her fairytale grand slam singles farewell alive with a thrilling three-set win over American Robin Anderson.
The veteran Aussie stormed back to join compatriot Ash Barty in the second round with a 6-7 6-3 6-3 victory.
Elsewhere, Australia's Daria Saville was bundled out of Melbourne Park after being dispatched in straight sets by Swede Rebecca Peterson.
Playing in her first major since last year's Australian Open and having recovered from surgery to the Achilles tendon that had troubled her on and off for five years, Saville lost 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 21 minutes.
The former top-20 star married fellow Australian player Luke Saville last month.
Saville's best campaigns at Melbourne Park came when she reached the round of 16 in 2016 and 2017.
On Tuesday night, Ajla Tomljanovic's campaign has come to an abrupt end, with the world No.43 suffering a 6-4 6-0 loss to Paula Badosa in the first round.
Five days after losing to Badosa in straight sets at the Sydney Tennis Classic, Tomljanovic fell short in a bruising first set, then was thoroughly outclassed by the world No.8 in a 24-minute second set late on Monday night.
World No.1 Barty cruised past Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 earlier on Monday evening,
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