Granted, she has played a lot of matches this year. (Winning all those titles in a row will force one to rack up the court time.) But as dominant as she was early on, doubt is creeping into my mind about her being a longtime number one. Dominika Cibulkova is a tough out, but I thought Azarenka would have a little more in her to get through that.
And clay really isn't Azarenka's best surface, but still: The top-ranked player in the world should've maybe one a title on the dirt during the season.
I don't want it to seem like I'm bashing on top players for their losses (read previous post), but there's just something odd to me about how some of them showed up at the second Grand Slam of the season. I don't think it's a testament to the "depth" on the WTA Tour, either. For whatever reason, Paris just didn't work out.
Maybe a break until Wimbledon is the right thing for Azarenka: There's a lot of tennis left on the calendar. The grass courts at the All-England Club could be what gets her on track.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.