Found January 17, 2012 on Busted Racquet:
The No. 1 ranking of Caroline Wozniacki is no longer the biggest blight on the quality of women's tennis. The inability of defending Grand Slam champions to advance past the second round of their next major is a bigger indictment of the state of the sport. Defending US Open champion Sam Stosur was eliminated in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, falling to Sorona Cristea, 7-6, 6-3. It's the second major in a row in which the previous Grand Slam champion failed to win a single match, and the fourth in a row in which the last champ didn't make it to the third round. Petra Kvitova followed up her win at Wimbledon with a first-round loss at the US Open. Li Na was ousted in the second round of Wimbledon after winning the French, the same round that Kim Clijsters got to in Paris after winning the Australian Open. Only Li's loss, to Sabine Lisicki on the grass courts of the All England Club, was to a worthy opponent. The other three were upset by players ra...
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