It's not because of Rory it's because people worked out how to play her game and in that phase where she was kinda going nowhere she made no effort to change it. If she can add some different elements to her game there is no reason why she can't return to the top. However, she has played the same game since she was as young as 12 according to people who grew up playing against her so it will be hard to change her mentality and style now. Still, Hogstedt did start Li Na's breakthrough and make Sharapova the 2nd best Clay Court player so anything's possible...
I dont agree that people figure out how to player her.
Last spring she made the Dubai semis, losing to Petra, then IW final losing to Sharapova. Thats not far from her good form.
Then she lost to Muguruza & Voegele. After the Voegele loss she lost 4 of her next 5 matches.
So she could beat Bartoli & Kerber & Vesnina, but Muguruza & Voegele figured her out?
I see it differently. She used to start her matches well, almost always won the first set.
The last 2 losses at the AO, she was awful in set 1. She does that a lot the last 2 years. There is a mental focus and consistency problem.
She just beat Safarova last fall. Why isnt she ready for her matches in january?
This draw wasnt anything unusual. There are rarely softer spots at premiers than Goerges, Safarova
Just like US Open: Q, Scheepers, Q. You cant ask for a softer week 1.