This woman has one incredible story of struggle and triumph. After leaving Uzbekistan in 2001 to play a junior tournament in Florida, Varvara, her sister, and her father never left, applying for political asylum. For years, Varvara struggled to learn English and bring her mother to the US; in 2005 her mother joined the rest of the family, and in 2011 Vervara became an official citizen. At the end of that same year, Varvara was ranked No. 110 by the WTA, but this year, she's bumped herself all the way up to No. 44.