Yesteday’s win by Jelena Dokic may not propell her into the forefront of the Women’s tour, but it was a significant step forward for her. Her opponent, Edina Gallovits is ranked 14 spots higher than Jelena, and is considered to be an up and coming future star on the rise. Coupled with her fine showing by winning 6-3, 7-6, Jelena proved that her training is paying off. Next up is Carline Wozniacki, a player just outside the top ten who is young and also on the rise.
Who is Gallovits?…..
Romanian tennis clay court specialist Edina Gallovits first cracked the top 100 in 2007 and has remained there ever since.
Gallovits achieved a career-high ranking of No.54 in April 2008 and now stands at No.66 in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings.
In January she equalled her best Grand Slam performance by reaching the second round at the Aussie Open and has been enjoying a successful season since then.
At the start of the year Gallovits reached the quarter-final in Auckland, defeating No.3 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues en route. Following that she reached the semi-final at Bogota, eventually losing out to Argentine Gisela Dulko.
The Romanian star has since then had two first round losses at Acapulco and Monterrey, but was evidently motivated by these two losses at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden where she overcame Russian world No.37 Maria Kirilenko 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Gallovits was extremely successful as a junior reaching a career-high world ranking of No.7, in addition to making the final of the prestigious Orange Bowl Championships.
The 23 year-old started playing tennis aged four with her sports mad parents; her mother is a handball coach while her father is a sports teacher.
Edina’s goal is to reach the top 10 so perhaps with her recent successes and with the clay court season around the corner she can do it.