Originally Posted by Old_Folk
Maria ended 2002 ranked 188, 2003 ranked #32, and a year later, she won Wimbledon and YEC. Maria broke into top 20 in May then won Wimbledon to break into top 10, and eventually became #4 after winning YEC going into the event as #4 in the world.
Tatiana ended 2004 ranked #27, going from 355 from previous year.
She also has a few top wins already including one against US Open winner Svetalena in Fed Cup. The record is even more impressive than Maria's 2003 record.
With better prospect than when Maria started 2004, can she win a slam in 2005?
Climbing the rankings is one thing, and it is really impressive when players do it. But winning a slam is another, and it is rare that even someone with that impressive of break through can continue the momentum and win a slam before really reachingthe top ten.
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