Player: Na Li
Current Ranking: 6
Notable Conquests: Maria Sharapova (2nd seed, Russia), Agnieszka Radwanska (4th, Poland)
Today's Result: loss to Victoria Azarenka (1st, Belarus) in three sets
In a sport of grunters, preeners and hypochondriacs, Na Li is a breath of fresh air. She is gracious, intelligent and downright funny, even in a language clearly not her first. To me, her claiming of the French Open title in 2011 is one of the best moments in tennis over the past few years. Already the most successful Asian singles player in history, this was her second time making the final in Melbourne.