What exactly is going on in the women’s game right now?

Not even the players can explain it.

We saw decimation in Dubai last week, as TENNIS.com’s Steve Tignor perfectly put it. In case you missed it, all eight seeds—eight!—in the tournament lost their opening-round matches. That’s almost unfathomable.

In Doha on Tuesday, the carnage of top players continued. Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber lost to Saisai Zheng in straight sets, world No. 12 Lucie Safarova fell to Turkish wild card Cagla Buyukakcay, American CoCo Vandeweghe handled world No. 7 Belinda Bencic, and Simona Halep—who’s had a nightmarish start to the season—was upset by qualifier Elena Vesnina.


Just for good measure, Sara Errani—who won Dubai—Jelena Jankovic, and Svetlana Kuznetsova lost too.

Garbine Muguruza took care of business, and after her dominant 6-2, 6-0 victory over Nao Hibino, she said what all of us are thinking.


“I think the WTA tour is getting a little bit crazy,” Muguruza said with a laugh in her post-match interview on court. “I think everything is very tough.”

Serena Williams is still the clear-cut No. 1 despite her loss in the Melbourne final, but she hasn’t played since the season’s first Slam because of a bout with the flu.

You can expect to see the rankings continue to fluctuate like crazy on a weekly basis. And as far as the three remaining majors go, don’t be surprised to see another shocking winner.

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