Here is bizarre list of Victoria Azarenka career retirements
2006 75K Pittsburgh F A. Wozniak V. Azarenka 6-2 ret.
2007 T3 Hobart QR2 E. Gagliardi V. Azarenka 6-3 5-2 ret.
2007 T3 Prague SF A. Morigami V. Azarenka 6-3 4-5 ret.
2008 T3 Hobart R1 O. Govortsova V. Azarenka 1-3 ret.
2008 T1 Rome R3 T. Pironkova V. Azarenka 6-2 1-0 ret.
2008 T2 Eastbourne R1 A. Rezai V. Azarenka 6-2 ret.
2008 T2 Zurich QF A.M. Garrigues V. Azarenka 4-6 6-3 ret.
2009 GS Australian Open R4 S. Williams V. Azarenka 3-6 4-2 ret.
2009 YEC Tour Champ. RR A. Radwanska V. Azarenka 4-6 7-5 4-1 ret.
2010 Intl Marbella QF M.J.M. Sanchez V. Azarenka 0-4 ret.
2010 Prmr Charleston R2 C. McHale V. Azarenka 2-6 2-2 ret.
2010 PM Madrid R1 S. Peng V. Azarenka 3-0 ret.
2010 P5 Montreal SF V. Zvonareva V. Azarenka 7-6(6) 1-0 ret.
2010 GS US Open R2 G. Dulko V. Azarenka 5-1 ret.
2010 PM Beijing R2 T. Bacsinszky V. Azarenka 4-6 3-2 ret.
2011 PM Indian Wells QF C. Wozniacki V. Azarenka 3-0 ret.
2011 Prmr Stuttgart R2 J. Goerges V. Azarenka 4-6 ret.
2011 P5 Rome QF M. Sharapova V. Azarenka 4-6 3-0 ret.
2011 Prmr Eastbourne QF M. Bartoli V. Azarenka 6-2 2-0 ret.
She is on good road to overtake by number of retirements some older players well known about this issue (Bartoli, Jankovic, Petrova). But number of retirements and theirs frequency is actually not subject of this thread. Subject of this thread is an irrational fact that since 2008 out of all 16 hers retirements during matches - 7 times that is happen at the moment when she lead in that match!!! If You don't have feeling how strange this is - I check for You same this numbers about all other WTA players currently into TOP20 (Sharapova, A.Radwanska, Kvitova, Stosur, S.Williams, Bartoli, Wozniacki, Li, Zvonareva, Kerber, Petkovic, Lisicki, Schiavone, Ivanovic, Kirilenko, Cibulkova, Hantuchova, Vinci and Jankovic) and believe or not, they all together during theirs whole careers collected
less retirements during matches when they is in leading position than Victoria Azarenka alone in just four years! Also it's interesting that in all this 7 cases (except after AO/2009 retirement vs Serena) she played next tournament already one or two weeks later!?
Here is list of "retirement when lead" matches of all other currently TOP20 players:
2006 T1 Berlin R1 N. Li A. Ivanovic 1-6 ret.
2007 T1 Zurich QF T. Golovin M. Bartoli 4-5 ret.
2009 Intl Luxembourg R1 A. Kremer C. Wozniacki 5-7 0-5 ret.
2010 Prmr Eastbourne R1 E. Baltacha N. Li 6-7(6) ret.
2011 Intl Bastad R2 S. Arvidsson C. Wozniacki 2-6 1-0 ret.
2011 P5 Toronto R1 I. Benesova D. Cibulkova 7-5 4-6 1-3 ret.
FOOTNOTE: For all this stats I use kworb's WTA match-finder
which has all WTA tour matches between 1981-2011, so current 2012 season is not included!
So what do You thinking about all this strange numbers? Amazing coincidence, or You have some own conspiracy
theory which will explain this?