King Danylo College
As a Freshman (2019-20): ITA Scholar-Athlete
Spring season cut short due to COVID-19 pandemic … Enrolled at Miami for the spring semester … Limited to just three matches because of a left wrist injury … Went 1-1 in singles competition, notching a victory at the No. 4 position … Made her collegiate debut against UC Santa Barbara’s Juliana Valero in ITA Kick-Off Weekend action and the match was left unfinished … Defeated Tennessee State’s Ashia Jones, 6-1, 6-0, for her first victory … Played in one doubles match, alongside Maya Tahan, and held a 5-3 lead over Florida Atlantic’s Natalie Kallmunzerova and Martina Kudelova when play was halted.
Prior to College: Ascended as high as No. 80 in the ITF Juniors singles rankings, doing so to close the 2018 calendar year … Competed for her nation’s junior national team … Claimed the Ukrainian Champion Cup in 2015 … Spent time training at the Kyiv International Tennis Academy … In 2019, at a tournament in Belgium, defeated Leylah Annie Fernandez, a Canadian standout who went on to win the 2019 Junior French Open … Began playing ITF Junior tournaments at age 14.
Personal: Full name is Diana Khodan … Name is pronounced Dee-AH-Nuh KHOW-Dahn … Nickname is Di … Born Aug. 17, 2001 … Parents are Liubomyr and Natalya Khodan … Father is a private entrepeneur … Has an older brother, Taras … Intends to major in sport administration … Favorite athlete is Simona Halep because she plays quality, smart tennis and moves well on the court … Best sports memories are reaching the quarterfinals of a G1 singles tournament in Spain in 2018 and winning a $10K singles title in Turkey in 2016 … Enjoys playing volleyball … Chose Miami because of the high level of tennis and quality education … Committed to Miami over Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, NC State, Pepperdine, Syracuse, Texas and Tulsa … First Ukrainian to play for Miami during Paige Yaroshuk-Tews’ tenure.
*RNK = record vs. ranked opponents