These players may still lag behind Gauff, but they are hitting on the rise…

Leylah Fernandez, age 17, holding the runner-up trophy standing next to Heather Watson, age 27, the champion of the 2020 Mexican Open in Acapulco.

Who doesn’t love a fairy tale? An outlier? A diamond in the rough who grabs a hold of the magic wildcard, sees the path and then blazes through in a fortnight before fans can figure out who or what just hit them. Disney has made billions on this perennial story. And Malcolm Gladwell, well… significantly…