Serena winning the YEC; injured at Oz Open the following year
Let's consider this.
In 2001, she won the YEC in Munich because Davenport hurt herself against Clijsters in the semis. Serena shows up to Sydney, rolls her ankle in match with Shaughnessy.
At the 2009 YEC, Serena beat Venus 6-2 7-6 in the finals. Plays Sydney in 2010, gets to the finals, injuring herself in the process. She is extremely successful in Melbourne, winning singles and doubles, but was clearly struggling physically. I think she may have admitted to sustaining bone bruises in both knees during a press conference this fortnight. Following this tournament, Serena does not play another tour match until Rome.
And now we have 2013. Wins 2012 YEC, beating Maria 6-4 6-3. Wins Brisbane easily. Then 1st round rolls her ankle badly, re-aggravates it during quarterfinal doubles match with Vee, and then pulls her back during the match with Sloane.
Is this a case of bad luck, too much tennis and not enough rest, or what? Discuss...