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Yeah... Stevenson Peer, Krajicek, Molik, Dokic, Mirza, Razzano, Jankovic.
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What about Germans: Weingartner, Barrois and Schruff?
I don't know when I think German the first person that comes to my mind is Anna-Lena Groenefeld. In 2008 she was named WTA Player Of the Year. In 2005 she made it to the 3rd round in 3 out of the 4 slams. And in 2006 she had career high of 19.

Then it was back to obscurity...lol. She spent most of her first 5 years on tour outside of the top 100 and after her small window of success she collapsed and dipped to the 70's, then out of the top 100 the following year and then finished her last year outside of the top 500.

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I've had one player that i really got behind and supported who ended up being journey women ....

I really thought she was going to be something...twas not to be.

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There are quite a few players mentioned here, that got f*cked up by injuries etc. , and were unable to return to the top

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Cetkovska, Benesova, Garbin all belong to this category too. Had risen in rankings quite significally due to string of good performances and solid play (and some lucky draws too) and then failed to defend their ranking points the next season.
Razzano was such a nice example of a late bloomer but then injuries and that sad story with her fiancee dragged her back to being a journeywoman. I always feel bad for her.
Then you have Vesnina who was a completely different player for just one season and was ranked as high as 22 in the world. I'm afraid Makarova will follow her steps soon
So I highly doubt any of these players and any of those ones you've listed could be referred as top players.
she just made it into top 20

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Why do so many people mention Cornet here? She was quite an up-and-comer reaching her HR and only then became a journeywoman. She clearly belongs to different category with girls like Oudin, Szavay or even Chakvetadze.
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Dulgheru has only played on tour for 2 years

2009 Warsaw was her WTA debut, and she has been injured 2011/2012.
she won a wta title this year and is a top 50 player

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yanina wickmayer is another one, she only had one great result in her career, and that was a semi final at the us open a few years ago, only for that result she would harldy be top 50
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I don't know when I think German the first person that comes to my mind is Anna-Lena Groenefeld. In 2008 she was named WTA Player Of the Year. In 2005 she made it to the 3rd round in 3 out of the 4 slams. And in 2006 she had career high of 19.

Then it was back to obscurity...lol. She spent most of her first 5 years on tour outside of the top 100 and after her small window of success she collapsed and dipped to the 70's, then out of the top 100 the following year and then finished her last year outside of the top 500.
I disagree here. ALGs slip was because of her former coach. She was never the same after that, also physically. The way she took apart Sharapova at Moscow before injuring her ankle wasn't random IMO. I always feel she is a much bigger talent than most of the young Germans we are talking about now.

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Yeah... Stevenson Peer, Krajicek, Molik, Dokic, Mirza, Razzano, Jankovic.
i mean Jankovic? are u serious? Jankovic next to Razzano? If you put Jankovic i think next year by this time we will add also radwanska

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yanina wickmayer is another one, she only had one great result in her career, and that was a semi final at the us open a few years ago, only for that result she would harldy be top 50
Wickmayer has a back injury and can barely serve. Otherwise, she did quite well in backing up her USO SF, and played a great match against Justine at the AO. After going through the qualies/doping agency fiasco too.

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Jelena Jankovic...
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I'm not so sure with Dokic and Jankovic. Dokic was No. 4 in the world before but has been a mere journeywoman since then, which is very odd. She had a very brief comeback in AO 2009 and then back to journeywoman again...

Jankovic was a journeywoman before 2006 that I sometimes mistook her for Jelena Kostanic She proved what she was capable of... but then she was slumping and looked like a mere journeywoman again like before.
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