Chanda Rubin chosen as BBC player of the month for March
Rubin back in the old routine
Chanda Rubin is BBC Sport Interactive's player of the month for March.
Rubin is threatening to break into the world's top five
At 27, Chanda Rubin can hardly be described as a prospect for the future.
But after overcoming a series of career-threatening injuries, the softly-spoken American looks like making up for lost time in 2003.
The month of March saw her bounce back into the top ten for the first time since 1996 after successive semi-final appearances in Indian Wells and Miami.
Her performances in Miami, where she won the 300th match of her career, were an indication that Rubin is ready to join the raft of players playing catch-up to Serena Williams.
She comfortably saw off the eighth-seeded Amelie Mauresmo in the fourth round before destroying a lacklustre Justine Henin-Hardenne in the quarter-finals for the loss of just seven games over both matches.
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But Rubin's shy demeanour means her achievements have received little attention.
Indeed, Rubin's five minutes of fame have probably already come and gone after she elected to play with Anna Kournikova in the doubles at Wimbledon last year.
The pair were called for news conferences after every match they played and while the Russian expertly batted away questions about her private life, Rubin bore the look of someone who would rather be virtually anywhere else.
Avoiding the glare of publicity has allowed the Louisiana-born player to focus her attentions on a wealth of charity work.
Over half her WTA biography page is devoted to the various charitable schemes she has initiated over the years - including her eponymous Foundation which gives funds to grass-roots tennis in the US.
Born: Lafayette, Louisiana
Turned pro: 1991
WTA Ranking: Eight
Career titles: Five
A nagging injury, which required two sessions of surgery, and various other problems have certainly given her the time to dedicate to such exploits.
But Rubin, whose professional career stretches back almost 13 years, is now back on court and threatening to beat her career-best ranking of sixth in 1996.
"I definitely feel like I've been through a lot of different situations out there on court," she said in Miami.
"I've had some really great matches, tough losses, injuries, the whole thing. I felt, coming back, even from this last injury, that I hadn't played my best tennis yet.
"So that's what continues to motivate me - to reach the maximum potential that I feel like is there for me in terms of my game."
Rubin was one of only four players to beat Serena Williams on the WTA Tour last season - and with her compatriot in dominant form once again, Rubin's return to form and fitness could not have come at a more welcome time.