It has been quite the year for Diyas. Having begun 2014 well outside the Top 100, the 20-year-old ends it as one of the most talked about young prospects on tour and within striking distance of the Top 30.
Diyas served notice of her potential back in January, making her way through qualifying and to the third round of the Australian Open. Strong showings on the ITF Circuit were backed up by the occasional outing in the big league, where she made quarterfinals in Kuala Lumpur and Strasbourg and recently reached her first WTA final, in Osaka.
Although Diyas lost to Samantha Stosur in Japan, the blow was softened by the announcement that she was to be one of four WTA Rising Stars who will compete in the inaugural WTA Rising Stars Invitational held during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, from October 17-21. Joining Diyas will be Monica Puig, Shelby Rogers and Zheng Saisai.
Over a five-week period, fans voted to send WTA Rising Stars to Singapore, selecting from a total of 21 players, 11 from the Asia-Pacific region and 10 from the Rest Of World region. A total of 692,182 votes from 346,091 fans representing 140 countries were cast on wtafinals.com.