Almost exactly 1 year after Russia invaded her country, Ukrainian tennis player Dayana Yastremska returns to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to compete again at the BNP Paribas Open.
Yastremska, 22, was knocked out of the tournament last year, but just weeks before, she was holed up in an underground bunker in kyiv surrounded by explosions.
She shared her heartbreaking story of escaping her war-torn homeland with News Channel 3.
Two other Ukrainian players are also competing this year: Marta Kostyuk and Anhelina Kalinina.
Kostyuk, 20, is making headlines after beating and then refusing to acknowledge her Russian opponent Varvara Gracheva in the ATX Open final last Sunday.
Kostyuk lost a match this week at the BNP to Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson.
Kalinina, 26, has yet to compete in the BNP.
News Channel 3’s Jake Ingrassia will have more on this story tonight at 5pm