Re: Hype vs. Real Deal
Let's take a look at your hypes:
Career high rank: 12
So she hasn't played a healthy clay-grass court season without injury since 2004, when she was 16. She ended up getting injured in the events after Wimbledon then, too. Even with a half-schedule due to a severe ankle injury, she still ended the year 13 in 2007 and reached a career high of 12 while injured. She's still very young and if she can stay healthy, could achieve a lot as she's very talented. She didn't recieve Newcomer of the Year for nothing.
Career high rank: 7
At the age of 17, she reached the SF at Roland Garros and the Australian and has since then fallen into a bit of a slump due to various issues. She still hasn't even turned 20 so I would expect her to rebound and achieve much, when she gains her interest back.
Career High Rank: 17
Since reaching the Wimbledon QF at 19, K-Lina had a tough sophomore slump and then was met with a few serious injuries. She's obviously talented, but her progress was stopped immediately with these setbacks. I'm not really sure what's in her future, but you can never count her out and she's still young.
Career High Rank: 35
Well, we all know Sesil's story. A QF at Roland Garros and she showed much progress, at 17, ending the year at 35 and she looked destined for a great future in tennis before her ban. Now that she's back, still very young, I think she could do a lot when her form starts to kick in. Her rank has already climbed very high from unranked-213, and now she's in the Wimbledon QD.
Career High Rank: 14
I remember Anna-Lena being the huge prospect in 2005, when she reached 14 at age 20. Most people were expecting her to be the next big thing as she was accumulating a few major scalps and consistently going far in draws. Then she met Rafael and everything went downhill. She's starting to show signs of a true comeback and gain of form but I don't know if I could see her making a top-twenty return, but who really knows? She's capable of it, as we know.
You also put Jankovic as one of your "Real Deals." Well, she's just now reached #2 in the world, at 23, and none of these ladies are older that, and three of them are much younger. Jelena started 2006, at 21, with an awful streak losing 10 1R matches straight and looking like more of a "hype" than any of these ladies and look what she did with her year and her career!
I definitely don't think it's fair to count out any of them, with most being so young and several struggling injuries and etc. that has held them back. I honestly believe a couple of them will have great careers.