The drama doesn’t wait for the main draw of the US Open.
Two former top players – Eugenie Bouchard and Dayana Yastremska – enjoyed a thrilling conclusion to their US Open qualifier on Friday, which Yastremska won in three sets NY Post reports.
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Yastremska defeated Bouchard in a hard-fought three-set match, letting out a tremendous roar after Bouchard netted the final point.
As Bouchard went to the net to greet her opponent, Yastremska went straight to the referee and shook his hand before going straight to her chair.
The Canadian followed suit and thanked the referee before reaching her chair while Yastremska waved to the crowd in attendance.
The icy post-game incident is likely related to the two’s previous clash.
Bouchard, 29, defeated Yastremska, 23, at the Madrid Open in April and celebrated the win in a now-deleted tweet.
“There’s something special about playing doper in Madrid,” Bouchard wrote alongside a photo of her celebrating the win.
Yastremska, once ranked No. 21 in the world, was provisionally suspended in January 2021 after the ITF said she had tested positive for mesterelone, an anabolic steroid drug.
Yastremska denied the allegations and the ban was lifted in June when the ITF ruled the Ukrainian bore “no fault or negligence” for the positive result.
Bouchard would later apologize for the tweet, but bad blood is still simmering.
“I want to apologize for my tweet,” Bouchard wrote at the time.
“It was a misjudgment and unnecessary. While I’ve always advocated fair play, I didn’t have all the facts in hand and certainly had no intention of causing harm. I will continue to work on myself in the future, on and off the pitch.”
Both Bouchard and Yastremska are searching for the form that has propelled them to the forefront of women’s sport at different points in time.
So they played in the stands on a dreary Thursday morning in Flushing.
Bouchard has struggled with numerous injuries since his appearance in 2014 when he reached the Wimbledon final – most recently he was absent 17 months after shoulder surgery.
Yastremska is now a step closer to the peloton and needs a win over Elena Gabriela Ruse on Friday to qualify for the final Grand Slam of the season.
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and has been reproduced with permission.
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