Yes, you are completely right, this year was so difficult for her because she changed coach (Floriano Salvoni), came in Italy in January (do you know she practiced 8 months with Shamayko?) but because of injuries (and her coach strange decision to don't let her play untill august) she couldn't play at her best.
It must be considered that in Italy, where she played all her tournaments (10Ks) this year, the competition is higher than for example in Japan where her "friend" Kleybanova won 25k easily, even because clay is not the surface where Regina's game is best.
On fast surfaces she is yet a top 100 player, no doubt about it!!!
Probably very few people know that this summer in practice with russian team under 16 (european summer cup) Regina won easily against Kleybanova and Rodina, but she played maybe 2 matches because the team coach was Rodina's mother so.... russia lost the final against poland where Kleybanova and Rodina were preferred to Regina! Nice choice!!!
Thanks a lot for all these informations Half Russian I never knew she beat Kleybanova and Rodina and that she was that promising Big congrats Regina for your great win against Gojnea and let's take your 1st 50 000 dollars title 2 more wins, davai!!!!!She has nothing to lose since she already did a fantastic tournament so I guess she has good chances to take the title
Regina celebrates her biggest tourney ever. Other good news Regina can start playing 25 K's. Hopefully she'll have less injuries than this season. Ironically, her best tourney was indoors played. Wished we'd as many indoor Challengers as clay in Europe after RG. What is only fair.
Yesterday evening Regina arrived in Ortisei with her coach Floriano Salvoni and part of his team, the young and promising Polona Hercog (SLO) and Cristina Celani (ITA).
The QUEEN (Regina in italian means queen) had a little practice as soon as she arrived but unfortunately she doesn't like so much the court...too slow, she prefers Play-it!