It’s tough at the top for Angelique Kerber

Who ever thought being the top-ranked female tennis player in the world could be so hard? (See Wozniacki, Caroline).

But coming off a breakout 2016 season which saw her win two Grand Slam titles and climb to the top of the rankings, the first quarter of 2017 is a big letdown. Kerber’s record against players ranked in the top 35 so far in 2017 is 0-7, and she looks a little rattled out on the court these days.

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Maybe she needs a little time-out to freshen up, which she plans to take after accepting a big paycheque to play a small event in Monterrey, Mexico this week.

Kerber is unlikely to be No. 1 at the end of 2017. How far she falls is the big question.

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