THIS CENTURY? As in the one that is 5 years old?
All things that boosted the popularity of the game and drew in more fans, making it seem exciting, dramatic, athletic.... all the things that are GREAT about women's tennis.
#1. VENUS & SERENA WILLIAMS - love 'em or hate 'em they are household names more than ANYONE else you can think of this century. 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles, one Career Slam in Singles and THE Grand Slam in Doubles.
#2. THE RUSSIAN INVASION - Anastasia, Elena, Svetlana to name a few and of course..... Maria Sharapova is the new 'it' girl of tennis. Whether she's a one slam wonder or she becomes an all time great the fact is - she wins titles and people love her (and hate her... a sign of greatness)
#3. THE BELGIAN BABES - Justine and Kim provided the power and drama we were desperate for while the Williams were out and the new breed of Russians were just starting to rise in the ranks.
When you put these three together, the Top 20 gets very crowded. If you include the rest of the big babes, Lindsay, Mary - you name it.... you have a lot of very satisfied WTA fans.
Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова , Јелена Јанковић, Venus Williams.