So much for Maria Sharapova as tennis' reborn "it girl."
While men's tennis thrives on Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal making history every few months, the women's game plays on without a leader.
When Sharapova won her first French Open a few weeks ago and became No. 1 again, bringing her star power along, the question was whether women's tennis finally had a leader it could count on and build from, or whether Sharapova was only "It" in lieu of anyone else.
On Monday, she lost to 15th seed Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-3 in the fourth round at Wimbledon and will lose her No. 1 ranking when Wimbledon is over.
And just like that, women's tennis is a mess again.
"Obviously, what I achieved a few weeks ago doesn't just go away in a few minutes," she said. "I'll have that for the rest of my career.
"Of course you want to stay at the top as long as you can. Obviously, everyone guns for that spot."
Sharapova will have held it for 21 days this time, winning a total of three ma...