Diana (born April 2, 2004) is Kristina (Volgapkina)'s big rival: she's from Moscow as well, same age (only 1 month older than Kristina), but their gamestyles are pretty different - Diana is left-handed and plays a more aggressive tennis. They faced each other twice on the Tennis Europe tour, both times were this year, and the H2H is 1-1 (Diana beat Kristina 7-5 6-3 in January, and Kristina beat Diana 7-6(1) 6-4)...
I'm really interested in seeing how both girls will respectively develop and how this pretty exciting rivalry will evolve!
Diana hasn't played much in comparison to Kristina this year: she played only 5 tournaments, won 2 of them (G12 Pirogovskiy Cup, beating Aliona Falei 3 & 3 in the final; and G12 Boris Skorodumov Memorial Cup, double-bagelling Aliona Falei in the final
:cying2: #Belarusianpunchbag) and was the runner-up in 2 others (at G12 Lagoda Cup, she lost 1 & 3 to Erika Andreeva in the final; and at G12 Luzhniki Cup, where she got her revenge over Andreeva in R2, but then lost to Kristina in the final), with only 1 early loss in her last tournament (G12 Sochi Cup, she retired in R1, at the end of the 2nd set and despite having won the first set... hopefully she didn't injure herself!
Her W-L ratio in singles this year is 18-3.
I guess that next yera she'll start playing a few G14s (Kristina has already started these last few months), looking forward!