Re: We should get used to top 4 players losing matches 3 and 1: Maria and Ana
since you reference Capraiti
how about Capriati of 2002? she was ranked between 1-3 all year some of her results
Schnyder (#30) def. Capriati 6-4,6-3
Mauresmo (#11) def. Capriati 6-3,6-2
Sugiyama (#29) def. Capriati 6-3,6-3
Mauresmo (#10) def. Capriati 6-4,6-1
Martinez (#47) def. Capriati 6-0,6-3
Stevenson (#22) def. Capriati 6-1,6-1
and also in that year she only beat 1 top 10 player in straight sets
Australian Open QF def. Mauresmo (#9) 6-2,6-2
granted her matches aren't dropping 4 games but the quality of players is lower than Maria's losses.
Also she only had 6 top ten wins all year. Daniela ranked #8-38 that year had 6 also!
top players lose matches early sometimes...
(not Capriati hating here btw just using an example)
Dechy - Radwanska - Petkovic
Cornet - Zakopalova - Cirstea
Lisicki - Medina Garrigues - Bondarenko
K.Kucova - Cibulkova - Wienerova