sudden “breakthrough” as an elite player which was spurred in the space in just her UAE (Doha/Dubai)campaign suddenly put her inside the top 20 and it already seems she is right at home here. This was a bit a surprise after her lackluster losses to Dechy and Salerni in Gold Coast and Hobart…
(16) sudden rise to an established WTA player has also caught my attention, out of the four tournaments she has played this year she has gained 10 victories already (incl wins over S-Pistolesi twice, Dementieva, Asagoe, Safina) suggest she in for a long successful and fruitful career.
Other surprises are Benesova
, after a major collapse last year, had a few good challengers and was back better than before, brutalizing the Acapulco field and defeating Maleeva the next week in Indian Wells. Other mentions Zuluaga
, the veteran Frazier
, who has yet to lose a first round this year, alongside Kristina Brandi
From the younger ones, Stosur’s
Gold Coast SF which was complimented by a QF in Acapulco and win over Sprem over the next week shows she is on the way of realizing her talent. Sprem
, coming off a rookie season still is continuing her good form, showing she can handle the pressure in Antwerp and Miami. Strycova’s
rites if passage into the WTA Tour also has been noteworthy, she was brutal in Australia and backed it up in Indian Wells. Moreover, Dulko
, still 19 years old, has surprised me ever since her win over Harkleroad in Memphis. Went on to take advantage of a week quarter in Indian Wells and followed suit in Miami as a lucky loser, traits of a strong mental player, and thus gets my vote.