Non-American women who were stars in the States
As a kid in the suburbs, one thing I can say is only real stars penetrated suburban consciousness in the 60's and 70's. but not being American wasn't a problem onthe men's side. Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Ilie Nastase, just to name a few. For the women, OTOH, non-American, stars could be counted in binary.
'Star', of course, didn't have the media saturation associated with it in the 60's and 70's, that it does now. But being a non-American woman in the 70's was NOT a ticket to easy street.
Let us now bow down in worship of BJK.
Since then, there have been several female superstars in tennis from outside the United States.
Had they not immigrated, Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles would of course be on that list. We're talking large-than-life, biggest of the big superstars. And of course, the USA isn't exactly turning out those by the ton lot either. After the Williams sisters its Jenn and done.
With that preface, and noting the rarity of the phenomena, who will be the next NON-American worldwide superstar in the WTA?
They don't have to be great players, as Anna the K proved. But it does help. And realistically, if we get TWO out of all the active players below the age of 25, that would be a lot by historical standards. World-renowned superstars don't come along all that often. Remember, we're talking AT LEAST Hingis-level fame and celebrity.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.