LONDON, Great Britain - Madgalena Rybarikova made it through two surgeries in 2016 - and a long rain delay - to finally make a major breakthrough at this year's Wimbledon Championships, dismissing No.24 seed CoCo Vandewghe in straight sets to complete the semifinal line-up at the All England Club.
Rybarikova had never been to the second week of a Grand Slam tournament - previously reaching the third round once at Wimbledon and twice at the US Open - and was ranked as low as No.453 earlier this year at the start of her comeback from wrist and knee injuries.
She built up plenty of momentum on the ITF Challenger Circuit, winning four titles in 2017 (two on grass) and made the semifinals of the Aegon Open in Nottingham before stunning pre-tournament favorite and soon-to-be new WTA World No.1 Karolina Pliskova in three sets en route to the semifinals.
The Slovak's inspiring run continues a streak of 17 straight major tournaments to feature such a debutante in the final four, dating back to the 2013 Wimbledon Championships when Kirsten Flipkens made a similar injury comeback and made it all the way to the penultimate round - upsetting Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals.
Including Flipkens and Rybarikova, a total of 19 women have made major breakthroughs in the last four years. Check out the full list right here and their final results below:
2013 Wimbledon Kirsten Flipkens (l. SF)
2013 US Open Flavia Pennetta (l. SF)
2014 Australian Open Eugenie Bouchard (l. SF)
2014 Roland Garros Simona Halep (l. F), Andrea Petkovic (l. SF)
2014 Wimbledon Lucie Safarova (l. SF)
2014 US Open Ekaterina Makarova (l. SF), Peng Shuai (l. SF)
2015 Australian Open Madison Keys (l. SF)
2015 Roland Garros Timea Bacsinszky (l. SF)
2015 Wimbledon Garbiñe Muguruza (l. F)
2015 US Open Roberta Vinci (l. F)
2016 Australian Open Johanna Konta (l. SF)
2016 Roland Garros Kiki Bertens (l. SF)
2016 Wimbledon Elena Vesnina (l. SF)
2016 US Open Karolina Pliskova (l. F)
2017 Australian Open CoCo Vandeweghe (l. SF)
2017 Roland Garros Jelena Ostapenko (W)
2017 Wimbledon Magdalena Rybarikova (?)
Hardly flashes in the pan, 13 of those women have since returned Grand Slam second weeks, while others have gone on to win Grand Slam titles, qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and even become WTA World No.1.
After knocking out Vandeweghe, whose run extended the streak to 15 in Melbourne, Rybarikova will next face Garbiñe Muguruza - who kept the streak alive back in 2015 at this very tournament - and will attempt to become just the fifth woman on this list to go on and reach the final, and the second after Ostapenko to take home the title.
How much farther can Rybarikova go?