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(Reuters) – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has denied Dayana Yastremska’s request to lift a provisional suspension for doping imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Ukraine’s 29th world number Yastremska was provisionally suspended on January 7 after WADA found a banned substance in an out-of-competition urine sample. The 20-year-old provided the sample in November and a WADA laboratory in Montreal found the presence of the metabolite mesterolone, an anabolic agent, on its Prohibited List. “A request by Dayana Yastremska to lift the provisional suspension imposed on her on January 7 under Article 8.3.1 (c) of the 2020 Tennis Anti-Doping Program has been denied by the President of the Independent Tribunal convened to hear her case,” the ITF said in a statement Saturday. Yastremska denied using performance-enhancing drugs and said the positive test was the result of a “contamination event.” She had traveled to Melbourne for the Australian Open, scheduled to begin on February 8, after requesting the lifting of her provisional suspension. The ITF said its latest decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by Yastremska, WADA and the National Anti-Doping Center of Ukraine.