Reaching high is important in all things. Forcing your opponent to literally reach high is ideal in tennis.
Kick, kick, kick....Topspin...topspin...topspin. Samantha Stosur's weapons. With her kicking serve and topspin groundstrokes, Samantha Stosur has had the year of her career without a doubt. She lost to Serena Williams at the Australian Open this year, but saved a match point against her foe at the French Open quarterfinals en route to a finals outing. She lost in the first round at Wimbledon, but made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open, saving 4 match points in her 4th round match, only to lose to eventual champion Kim Clijsters in a 3 set tussle. She won her second, and most prestigious, tournament at Charleston, and qualified for the WTA Championships in Doha, reaching the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Clijsters, again. She reached a career high No. 5 this year, and finished the year at No. 6
Though she had made it to the French Open semifinals last year, she was nothing more than a darkhorse before this year. Her results have turned 180 degrees this year, and her performances show it.
Runner up: Vera Zvonereva