Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: 12 o'clock high
Re: Grand Slam debutantes since the 2005 US Open
Possible debutantes already through to the qualifying round (with something like 3 out of 4 of the 2nd round's matches still to be played):
Rodionova the Lesser
Pliskova, Cristina (there's a few ys and zs in there, but I couldn't be arsed to check the spelling)
Minella and Rodionova the Lesser face off, so we're already guaranteed a Slam debutante from qualies. Minella is very good looking, but above all seems to be very determined (as anyone who has watched her matches can attest): she has already survived several major injuries and clawed her way back up the rankings more than once, always trying to improve her (unfortunately) limited physical and technical abilities. So I'll be rooting for her.
Tatishvili is up against Ondraskova. Underdog, but still with a shot.
Cristina Pliskova, from what I've read, plays a somewhat extreme game, so it's difficult to predict how she'll fare against the horrid LDL. She may self-destruct in 40 minutes or win the match, the former being more likely.