'Shut up' - Yastremska coach hits back in Wozniacki feud

Ruben Hill
January 23, 2020

Dayana Yastremska's coach has fired the latest shot in an ugly war of words between his player and Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open.

"Yeah, obviously, she tried to break my rhythm", Wozniacki told reporters post-match.

"I think something people would be surprised about is that she is in such great shape and one of her strengths throughout her career is outlasting her opponents".

Dayana Yastremska receives medical treatment during her match against Caroline Wozniacki.

Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic was also victim to Yastremska's "tactic" in last year's Thailand Open when she looked ready to retire in the second set before staging a comeback after a medical timeout. In those three set matches I think she is as good as anybody but the biggest thing she has is she loves to eat candy.

She plays Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

"In the end I just tried to keep focusing, just keep grinding, keep hanging in there".

Yastremska, 21, has been accused of using medical timeouts when trailing her opponents to gain competitive advantage in past tournaments. "And I finally made it at 6-5 for me, and that was a nice relief".

And the world no. 23's coach Sascha Bajin also came out swinging in defence of Yastremska following the loss, urging Wozniacki to "focus on yourself". When asked about the incident, Bertens said, "Well, I played her three times and three times it's happened, so that's my answer".

Tennis expert Ben Rothenberg was among those to call out Yastremska's actions, with some labelling them "shameful" and "atrocious".

An emotional Caroline Wozniacki had tears in her eyes as she kept alive her dreams of a triumphant farewell to tennis at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The Dane had appeared set for an early exit at Melbourne Park, the scene of her only Grand Slam triumph in 2018, but rallied to win six games in a row against the 19-year-old to take the opening set.

The Ukrainian racked up 36 winners in the match compared with the 15 managed by the Dane but unforced errors were her bane.

Wozniacki advances to face unseeded Tunisian Ons Jabeur on Thursday.

"The crowd really got behind me so that was so special. Thank you everyone for coming out today, it really means a lot to me", she added, fighting back tears.

However, it will not matter anymore for Wozniacki who is now ranked at World No.36, as she won against the World No.21 starlet to set up a third-round clash against Ons Jabeur in the Australian Open.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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