Re: Do you get why Lepchenko is almost Top 20??
She's done so well this year out of nowhere. Of course, she is much happier now in her life, having her immigration status sorted etc, which must be one of the reasons for her mental toughness in close matches, and she has not suffered major injury problems.
Unlike many other players, she has played consistently well all year and has done particularly well in big points events - she has won rounds in all of them except for Cincinnati, which means a lot of points. I also think that because she chugged around the tour for years, hardly winning any WTA main draw matches and keeping her ranking afloat by winning ITFs in the States, a lot of players underestimated her and were shocked and surprised by the improvement. She has been very lucky with her draws in big events and is very good at hoovering up higher-ranked players in shaky form - what a gift to run into Pavlyuchenkova (twice), Schiavone (twice) and Jankovic in big events this year! Her consistency is helping her now as she usually makes her seeding and gets more points by not having to play difficult players. The real gaps on her CV are her failure to reach a WTA final (quite shocking for someone almost top 20) and her inability to beat anyone in the top 10, though she could probably take out someone like Li Na if they played their worst!!