Shocking and thrilling are probably two of the best terms to describe the 2012 French Open. There's no doubt that the second Grand Slam of the year has lived up to all of the anticipation—and generated even more.
There have been some surprising eliminations, but at the same time, there have been some stunning victories.
And speaking of stunning victories, the women have excelled in that category during the past week and into the second week.
In this slideshow, we will take a look at seven players who, it's easy to see, came to Paris on a mission—a mission to reach the final, but if they didn't they would leave nothing less than their absolute best on the clay courts.
Please chime in with comments and feedback, especially if you have some favorites that you would like to add to these up-and-comers.
Disclaimer: Please read with an open mind as the term "up-and-comer" is being used with liberty. It includes players who have been on tour for a while, but this tournament or this year as a whole has shown a revival in their game, physical fitness, etc., resulting in an elevated level of play.