Current top 50 players who have yet to win a singles title...
After Lisicki's surprising run in Charleston this week, I thought it might interesting to look at the current top 50 players who have yet to win a singles title. I've ordered them by rank and noted the closest each has come to winning a title so far.
-#19 Cibulkova-2X finalist in 2008, in Amelia Island (losing to Sharapova) and Montréal (losing to Safina)
-#20 Kanepi-2X finalist; in Hasselt 2006 (losing to Clijsters) and Tokyo [Japan Open] 2008 (losing to Wozniacki).
-#26 Kleybanova-no finals or semifinals, but 3 quarterfinals in 2008 (Antwerp, Fès and Eastbourne)
-#27 Suarez Navarro-finalist in Marbella 2009 (losing to Jankovic)
-#30 Pavlyuchenkova-no finals, but reached the semis of IW 2009
-#32 Stosur-4X finalist; in Gold Coast (losing to Schnyder)and Sydney 2005 (losing to Molik), in Prague 2006 (losing to Peer) and in Seoul 2008 (losing to Kirilenko)
-#35 Peng-3X finalist; in Strasbourg 2006 (losing to Vaidisova), Forest Hills 2008 (losing to Safarova) and Guangzhou 2008 (losing to Zvonareva)
-#38 Mattek-finalist in Québec City 2008 (losing to Petrova)
-#46 Rybarikova-no finals but 3 semifinals (Tashkent in 2008; Hobart and Pattaya City in 2009)
-#47 Pironkova-no finals but 5 semifinals (Istanbul and Palermo in 2005; Stockholm in 2006, Stockholm in 2007 and Istanbul in 2008)
-#48 Makarova-no finals or semifinals but 3 quarterfinals (Eastbourne, Forest Hills and Seoul in 2008)
as it stands now, I would think both Cibulkova and Suarez Navarro could bag their 1st titles during the clay season (perhaps Fes or Strasbourg?), Kleybanova and Kanepi could do damage on grass, and Pavlyuchenkova might do something during the summer hardcourt swing? 1 of these 5 seems likely to be the next 1st time singles title winner.