She usually plays better in Cincy. What a shitty match though. How can one play so badly after playing so well the day before?
Her losses don’t affect me anymore. For me it’s like “oh. Cool. Another loss. Anyway what’s for dinner?”
This. I mean it's as simple as if she plays bad she can't expect to win. I'm not gonna annoy myself over it since I feel most of the losses have been, understandably, mental since the return. That's not something anyone but herself has control over.
I don't see her playing after 2019. Even if she was in great form that still wouldn't leave many chances for a Slam. After the shoulder surgery and her 09/10 struggles I PRAYED for her to just win the one more, preferably RG, and she did that returning to number 1 in the process. With one more though there's always the thought of 'one more..' and she did that too again at RG, '14 was probably the most rewarding Slam to witness as a fan.
I would be over the moon with another Tier I or two and get her ranking back into the top 10. And even if she stays 10-20 I'll still watch all her matches and take great joy in the tournies she strings it together for a couple of matches taking out some mouthy seeds en route. If that's all the rest of her career is it won't be a failure, any more than Hingis is regarded a failure over 2007. I don't care what some ignorant digital hater thinks of her or her career. I actually know. I have the memories. I was there for all the highs and lows all throughout my teenage years and beyond. I'm just gonna hope she stays healthy enough to play a decent amount of tournaments and try to enjoy whatever comes along because there isn't much of the journey left.
That said, she really needs to stop being an idiot with her schedule. If she was only going to play one event it should have been Cinci, the one she's had actual success at.