Re: Whose 1st Premier win was more impressive: Makarova or Dulgheru?
I am a very big fan of Alexandra Dulgheru but I admire Katya Makarova too. I think overall in terms of who the two girls beat one has to give the nod to Katya. 5 top 20 players speaks for itself. That does not happen very often at any level of tournament, even in a Grand Slam that is quite rare. And to pull something like that off coming through qualifying and to win one's 1st tournament in such a manner is truely remarkable. So overall who's win was more impressive? I got to say Makarova's by a substantial margin.
But Alex still gets credit for having the more surprising and amazing of the two tournament wins as she came from absolutely nowhere to accomplish her win. Makarova had already had many outstanding wins in the past, been a top 40 player and reached a couple of finals. Prior to winning Warsaw, Alex had yet to crack the top 200, had not a single match at WTA maindraw level and had yet to record a single top 100 victory. Although Alex's form in the weeks leading up to her breakthrough suggested she was ready to make a move up the rankings the manner in which she broke through was something no one could have anticipated. What also makes Alex's breakthrough so impressive is the way she has backed it up and built on it and just a bit more than a year later she is top 30 and still rising. This truely was one of the most rapid and unexpected, although clearly very deserved, breakthoughs in WTA history.
It really is hard to compare these two acheivements though. Both accomplished something great and neither result should in anyway be undermined by what the other did. I am sure both girls will forever be very proud of and always have great memories of the week they won their 1st title and so they should.
Last edited by Shvedbarilescu; Jun 19th, 2010 at 05:46 PM.