by Lindsay Gibbs
So, you finally have a handle on all the Germans surging up the rankings on the WTA tour, right? You know all about Sabine Lisicki’s comeback, Andrea Petkovic’s dancing, Julia Goerges’s pronunciation, and Angelique Kerber’s legitimacy. But what about the youngest German in the top 50, Mona Barthel?
The twenty-one year old has been turning heads this year as she has come out of nowhere to grab the #36 ranking, the Hobart title, and nearly take out #1 Victoria Azarenka in Indian Wells. It looks like merely a matter of time before she joins her fellow Germans in the Top 20. Here are the Barthel facts that you must know if you want to keep up with the proverbial tennis water-cooler chatter: