Big stars for sure. With most of these 'outsiders', their results lack credibility because you just KNOW
they're going to go back to being an average player for the rest of their career as soon as they inevitably lose. I mean I'd love for Pironkova and Kvitova and all the other randoms who have had big grand slam results in the past few years to push their way to the top of the game. That'd be truly exciting, but it's so unlikely.
Look at Schiavone... I mean who didn't
see her 1st round loss coming...
I even recall someone saying to me as soon as Fran had won RG, "Now watch her lose 1st round at Wimbledon."
Pironkova certainly had a couple nice wins over Bartoli and Venus, and likewise Kvitova over Zheng, Azarenka and Wozniacki, but it's just so absurd that either would be in a Wimbledon semifinal.
Just a couple of years ago, players of this calibre would have struggled to make 4th rounds and QFs.
Nowadays they're playing in SFs and finals. Schiavone hasn't even been close to a threat at Grand Slam level for her entire career, and then in 2010 she wins
one? I mean what the fuck.
2010 has just been a total clusterfuck at the Slams. I truly hope it all gets sorted by next year so that when a new player makes a run at a GS, we can actually take it seriously.