WATCH: The Break discussed whether Diana Shnaider would turn pro after her impressive Australian Open performance.


Will she or won't she? One of the biggest questions in women's tennis circles in the aftermath Diana Shnaider's scintillating last six months of form, and her Grand Slam debut at last month's Australian Open, was whether or not the 18-year-old would forego her college tennis commitment to North Carolina State University and turn professional.

The answer, at least for now? She's staying in Raleigh.

Shnaider made a long-awaited debut for the Wolfpack on Saturday in a tilt against the University of Oklahoma, and her performance on home court at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center was as impressive as expected.

She was a 6-4, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, and also was one-half of NC State's No. 1 doubles team.

She partnered Alana Smith to win a 6-2 set, though NC State lost the other two doubles matches. However, Shnaider's singles victory kicked off a comeback for the hosts: They swept all six matches for a 6-1 team victory.

Up to No. 94 in the WTA rankings, the three-time junior doubles Grand Slam champion is 60-19 over the last year on the pro tour, which included her first WTA 125 title in Montevideo, Uruguay. She successfully qualified in Melbourne to make her major debut, beat Slovakia's Kristina Kucova in Round 1, and gave Maria Sakkari all she could handle in a three-set, second-round defeat.

After surviving Shnaider's upset bid, and her bruising left-handed forehand, inside Margaret Court Arena, Sakkari offered the teenager some unsolicited advice, to chuckles from the Melbourne crowd.

"I think she played an amazing match. She's very young, she's very promising. Maybe she should consider not going to college and playing pro," the Greek star said with a grin.


As it stands, it looks like Shnaider has other goals she wants to achieve first. Should she keep up this form in the college ranks, Shnaider will certainly be an odds-on favorite to challenge for the NCAA Division I individual championships when they're held later this spring at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

Will she follow in the footsteps of players like Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe and Ben Shelton? Only time will tell.