Germany's Dinah Pfizenmaier took several steps toward stardom in 2013, including a big ranking jump.
WTA Staff

Every day through Friday this week, will showcase Young Guns, those who showed signs of future stardom in 2013.

The future of German tennis appears to be in good hands, as seven Germans resided in the WTA's 2013 season-ending Top 100, with 21-year-old Dinah Pfizenmaier the second-youngest behind 19-year-old Annika Beck.

"I've been playing ITF and WTA tournaments since July 2011, so I'm very happy with my ranking and my results at the moment," Pfizenmaier said in May. "The next goal is to reach Top 100. First of all I want to improve my game and then let's see where I go from there."

Well, Pfizenmaier achieved her ranking goal and more in 2013. Here are several pieces of evidence from the season that qualify her as a Young Gun:

? As a qualifier, Pfizenmaier went all the way to the third round of Roland Garros in May, beating No.40 Urszula Radwanska in the process for her best career win in terms of ranking.
? Proving once again that red clay is to her liking, Pfizenmaier reached her first WTA quarterfinal in Palermo in July.
? Pfizenmaier was 48-24 in all matches in 2013, including 12-10 in WTA matches. She was 33-12 at the ITF Women's Circuit level, picking up three titles.
? Pfizenmaier finished the season in the Top 100 for the first time and has shown a steady progression during her career, finishing 2011 at No.271, 2012 at No.158 and 2013 at No.98. She also established her career-high of No.88 after a semifinal run at the WTA 125K Series event in Taipei in November.

What is Pfizenmaier's key to success that will keep bringing her to greater heights?

"I think my style is a little bit different to most of the other girls on tour," Pfizenmaier said. "I like to play high balls with spin and kick serve as well. I try to play steady and aggressive."