USO Qualies: The New Upcoming Wonder Players
It was actually a rather bland draw this year dominated by the usual bunch of old players trying to come back (Ruano Pascual, Kuti Kis, Kleinnova, Panova, etc) and the new ones off the juniors.
Among the latter there two truly outstanding players :Fifteen year old from Taipei, Yun Jan Chan who crushed her three opponents. She has amzing srokes, passing shots and sense of court. Ranked 216 presently, she'll be top 100's soon/ She also showed a very tough mental attitude. But the story might end up here unfortunately:she drew Serena as her first round opponent!
What a bad luck!
2-Victoriya Kutuzuva from Russia. Amazing player ! She combines excellent strategy with powerful shots. A Marina Hingis with power.Mentally touigh as a nail. Unfortunately she has to face another rising Russian star Ana Chakvedtaze in the very first round, who happens to be very hot right now.
Among the "comebackers". Maria Emilia Salerni, excelled by far among the others. She had an unbelievably tight match with Lilia Osterloh that she won in two consecutive tie-breakers filled with passing shots, aces at the rigjht moment and even a couple of dramatic, out of nowhere drop shots. She seems ready to return to the top 100's where she belongs.
The Uberoi sisters were disappointing and their future in tennis as top players look very doubtful.
Ashley Harkleroad received a WC to the MD, but not her husband Alex Bogomolov who qualified winning three nail biters, where Ashley performed good wife duties cheerleading him all the time. Nice wifey. Lucky guy. However, she is a little wary about having to face high caliber Fabiola Zuluaga in the very first round. But Fabiola seems very distracted these days after getting married just a few months ago, So theer's a chance but I don't know about her next opponent :some unknown Belgian called Clijsters.