I think we are all failing to see that this is the usual Mary that we are seeing right now. We always saw her like this, winning like this in random patterns. Mary was never consistent from tournament to tournament (perhaps only in 1995 and 1997). I am hoping Mary will prove me right next week in Rome. As long as I have followed Mary (from early 1995), I can remember Mary going quite deep in certain tournaments and falling early in others.
Mary, I think, due to the fact that she is not the strongest of players mentally, always needed to have that good number of tournaments a year in which to play at.
I am certain this is not the best preparation for hey play. She is definitely not planning tournaments strategically and I think remains quite scared of her physical condition. Understandably.
All in all, Mary is a champion. It is dreadful when one thinks it has been already 4 years since she won Roland Garros and we have barely seen her on the news or on court since. It is not easy to get over 4 years. If this had happened to any other more visible player, it would be a bit more publicized. I think many feel sorry for Mary now or just disregard her as a contender. The media do not even attack her and I used to think she was one of the hot shots of the WTA publicizing wise. There is no mention of her anywhere now.
I, however, still argue that if Mary was to play 4 single tournaments in the next 2 months, she would make the semis in at least one by July. If not, Mary's return is out of question for another year because her ranking will just send her to seek WC again.
It is trully sad. I miss her exhuberant game and seeing her winning. Really, I do.