CAS hears Yastremska attraction earlier than the Australian Open

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(Reuters) – The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) announced Tuesday that it had heard an urgent appeal from the provisionally suspended Dayana Yastremska for a decision on her participation in the Australian Open next month.

Ukraine's Yastremska was suspended earlier this month after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found a banned substance in an out-of-competition urine sample it submitted.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) had denied Yastremska's request to lift the ban, despite the number 29 in the world preparing for the first Grand Slam of the year, which starts on February 8 in Melbourne.

"The CAS arbitration has begun and the parties have agreed to an expedited procedure so that a sole arbitrator can make a final decision by February 3rd," said a statement from CAS.

Yastremska, who has traveled to Melbourne and is currently in quarantine, had denied the use of performance-enhancing drugs and said the positive test was the result of a "contamination event".

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