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Ukrainian refugee Yastremska falls just short in Lyon final

March 6, 2022 GMT
FILE - Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine plays a backhand return to Madison Brengle of the U.S. during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 17, 2022. Ukrainian refugee Dayana Yastremska took Zhang Shuai of China to three sets in the final of the Lyon Open on Sunday, March 6. Zhang won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 21-year-old Yastremska only fled her home in war-torn Odessa, Ukraine, last week following the Russian invasion.  (AP Photo/Simon Baker, file)
FILE - Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine plays a backhand return to Madison Brengle of the U.S. during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 17, 2022. Ukrainian refugee Dayana Yastremska took Zhang Shuai of China to three sets in the final of the Lyon Open on Sunday, March 6. Zhang won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 21-year-old Yastremska only fled her home in war-torn Odessa, Ukraine, last week following the Russian invasion.  (AP Photo/Simon Baker, file)
FILE - Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine plays a backhand return to Madison Brengle of the U.S. during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 17, 2022. Ukrainian refugee Dayana Yastremska took Zhang Shuai of China to three sets in the final of the Lyon Open on Sunday, March 6. Zhang won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 21-year-old Yastremska only fled her home in war-torn Odessa, Ukraine, last week following the Russian invasion.  (AP Photo/Simon Baker, file)
FILE - Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine plays a backhand return to Madison Brengle of the U.S. during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 17, 2022. Ukrainian refugee Dayana Yastremska took Zhang Shuai of China to three sets in the final of the Lyon Open on Sunday, March 6. Zhang won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 21-year-old Yastremska only fled her home in war-torn Odessa, Ukraine, last week following the Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Simon Baker, file)
FILE - Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine plays a backhand return to Madison Brengle of the U.S. during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 17, 2022. Ukrainian refugee Dayana Yastremska took Zhang Shuai of China to three sets in the final of the Lyon Open on Sunday, March 6. Zhang won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 21-year-old Yastremska only fled her home in war-torn Odessa, Ukraine, last week following the Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Simon Baker, file)

LYON, France (AP) — Ukrainian refugee Dayana Yastremska took Zhang Shuai to three sets Sunday in the final of the Lyon Open that the Chinese player eventually won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The 21-year-old Yastremska only fled her home in war-torn Odessa, Ukraine, last week following the Russian invasion. She spent two nights sheltering in an underground car park from missile strikes before escaping with her 15-year-old sister Ivanna through Romania while their parents stayed behind in Odessa.

The 140th-ranked Yastremska had a remarkable run to her fifth career final after being given a wild card to play at the tournament. She beat second-seeded Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals.

Zhang won her third career title.

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