I can't remember the last time a non-Wimbledon slam women's champ made the news here in the UK. The Roland Garros champs are lucky to be even mentioned in the back pages!
Yet here is Vika, photo and headline 'Victor Victoria' - those old enough will recognise the pun on an old Julie Andrews movie musical! - slap bang on the front page of the main paper, not even just the sports section!
Congratulations to Vika on finally raising the profile of women's tennis. She could be a real asset No 1 like the big stars of before!
❤ Hoping to see you back soon Vicky Duval ❤ SaiSai Zheng & Paula Badosa & Garbiñe Muguruza & Kimiko Date & Varvara Lepchenko Qristina Wang & Genie Bouchard & Sam Crawford & Kaia Kanepi & Jolin Zhu Jamie Hampton All-Time Favourites ~ Monica Seles & Justine Henin & Núria Llagostera & Li Na
I remember at school telling classmates Justine won The French for the 4th time yet no one had heard of her, now everyone knows Vika! My friends didn't even know who Lin Na or Petra were, but they all know Vika!