Rising WTA star Dayana Yastremska says she has ‘never’ taken stimulant drugs after getting caught up in doping accusations.
Yastremska was provisionally suspended this week when metabolite of mesterolone, which is a synthetic testosterone, appeared in an out-of-competition drugs test she took in November.
However, Yastremska has vehemently denied all allegations, and declared herself confused and ‘shocked’ over how the result has come about.
“I confidently declare that I have never taken any stimulant drugs or prohibited substances,” Yastremska wrote on social media in response.
“I am astonished and in shock, particularly given that two weeks prior to this test – on November 9, 2020 – I tested negative at the WTA event in Linz.
“After this last tournament of the year, I stopped practicing to rest prior to the start of the new season.
“Only a very low concentration of meterolone metabolites was detected in my urine.
“Given that low concentration and my negative test two weeks earlier, I have received scientific advice that the result is consistent with some form of contamination event.
“Besides, I have been informed that this substance is meant for use as medication by men and women are advised not to use it due to the adverse effects it causes.”
The Ukrainian has the right to appeal, but as things stand her suspension will prevent her from competing at the Australian Open.
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