I never took it for granted that she would win a slam even when she was #1. But you seem to think that she's not even trying or working hard. Just look a her body. She's in great shape. You don't get too look like that if you don't put in the work. And if you can root for Penetta and Hantuchova you can also root for Caro because I don't think it's very likely that they will win a slam either. As for her dating Rory, well, she's a young woman and she's in love. Nothing wrong with that. If she was dating Rory Smith instead of Rory McIllroy nobody would have a problem with it.
Yeah, she works hard. No doubt about that. She was trying hard every point when she lost to a Q after being up a set.
Being criticised, having a boyfriend, trying to be more aggressive.. these are all nothings. They are normal for most tennis players.
What changed is mentally, she cant play well match after match, or even during a match her level drops.
Its not a champion's mind. in 2012 she won 6 matches total at the 4 majors. in 2013 she won 7 matches total.
So she just went 2 years averaging a 2nd round or 3 round loss. Thats called being a noncontender.
And especially this major, everything was perfect. Healthy, her best major (she's going for 4 semis in the last 5 US Opens), great draw, there were no excuses, and she lost 8 of the last 11 games to a qualifier.
So its in her head. She's playing like an inconsistent, non champion.
Maybe she cant do it mentally anymore.
I thought if she had any tennis ability left at all, it would show this tournament, and she folded in the early rounds.
Thats just a summary of her whole year.
its what you expect from a rank & file noncontender. Not a champion
Its hard to accept that a player who can win 12 titles in 2 years and be in 4 slam semis in 5 hardcourt majors could fall like this, but we all watched it. It happened