Old Dominion’s Diana Ivanova has become a household name in women’s college tennis with her dominating play and charisma on and off the court. The junior from Moscow has complied an impressive career record of 37-22 in singles and 32-25 in doubles competition with her partner.
She has separated herself as a star this year as she has compiled a record of 10-1 in singles and also has a record of 10-1 in doubles competition with partner Esnal Olguin. She attributes a lot of her success to the coaching staff in place here at Old Dominion.
“I think at the beginning of my junior year we had new coaches,” Ivanova said, “so we’ve been playing better and practicing hard.”
Ivanova has always been a hard worker throughout her career and those that follow her even saw shades of greatness last year. She was named a second team All CAA performer in singles while playing most of the year at number two. This year she has shown vast improvement by playing the entire year at number one.
The ODU tennis coaching staff has done a great job of creating a family atmosphere around the team and clearly Ivanova has benefited from that. “They always ask what’s happening in our lives, what we need, and what can they do to help us play better,” Ivanova said.
Ivanova has a very well rounded game over all and realizes that there are some
strengths and weaknesses of her game. “Most days I have a strong forehand and backhand. I also could play a variety of spots on the court.”
Coming from Russia wasn’t an easy transition for Ivanova, but she has seemed
to make the transition flawlessly. “It wasn’t that hard to adjust,” she said. “My teammates and coaches helped me a lot.” Her favorite sports personality is tennis star and fellow Russian Maria Sharapova who she studies.
The Old Dominion tennis team is full of individuals from other countries and this
speaks well of the scouting as well as the diversity at the school in general. After Old Dominion, Ivanova hopes to play tennis and if that doesn’t pan out, find a good job.
Ivanova and the Lady Monarchs next match is against William and Mary at home on April 6.
By: Jordan Jones