Check out the newly released WTA rankings today? Simona Halep is ranked No. 4, a career high. Yet aside from diehard tennis fans, few people recognize her name.
She did this with little hype. If you visit the WTA website often, you've seen more photos and stories about No. 19 Eugenie Bouchard. Bouchard has been promoted by her agent as the next Sharapova because she's tall, blonde, considered attractive and has a decent game.
So why no hype for Halep? She's attractive too. She seems pleasant and smiles often. She has a phenomenal all-around game.
Downplaying Halep probably has more to do with marketability than playing ability. Here are the five biggest reasons Halep is the most underhyped player in tennis.