Re: Alexandra Dulgheru!!!
By defeating Galina today she increased her current ranking points from 283 this week to 501 next and is set to leapfrog the entire 151-200 ranking area and land around World No. 133. If she were to beat Daniela next, her ranking points would more than double in a single week from 283 to 621, and her ranking would jump from No. 201 to about No. 106 in the same period of time.
In view of the long, drawn-out struggle that most players endure to work their ways up from 200 towards 100 (and many never make it that far), she should be the envy of many a player after this tournament. I seem to remember Magdalena Rybarikova enjoying a fast rise from outside the Top 200 into the Top 100 last summer, but it now seems a fair bet that Alexandra will be even quicker, even if victory against Daniela is asking too much from her at this stage in her WTA career.
Does anyone know if Alexandra has ever even qualified for a WTA tour main draw before, at any level? If not, then reaching a semifinal at first attempt is quite remarkable, and all the more so at Premier level.
She lost a couple of tight matches recently (to Yanina Wickmayer and Michelle Larcher de Brito I believe), so it would not be reasonable to expect too much of her at the elite level just yet, but if she can work her way into the Top 100 over the rest of the summer season, hold her own against players in the 51-100 ranking area, and gather some good experience on the WTA Tour, I think she'll be in an increasingly strong position to improve further next year and beyond.