From the drubbing she received from Serena at the Australian Open, to the snubbing from her home country few days ago, it appears there is trouble in Paradise.
With her game built solely on power hitting, it is difficult to sustain that play without a dominating first serve. Double faults are on the rise, with no sign of abating any time soon. And other events are not helping to boost the confidence either.
It is not easy to continue to perform at a high level, when you are not the most congenial of players in the locker room. The pressure you feel due to that negative vibe, inevitably, will have an impact both on and off the court.
Lot more than just winning titles is at stake here. The huge sponsorship pool, she is swimming in, may dry up, even before she makes her next stroke in the water. The snowball effect may be worth millions. There is a reason why Hewitt is not a big draw for sponsors even in his own country.
The very combination that appeared to have pushed her in the limelight, may now be working against her. If she fails to recover and post some good results next year, she will soon find out how fleeting fame and money are.
Not a rosy realization at barely 20 years of age. Add to it the incredible show some 18 year olds put up at the US Open, and it suddenly looks like danger time for Sharapova.
It proves how important it is to get along with people and to resonate with general public, even if you are playing an individual sport in your cocoon. It is not a coincidence that Federer has been so lucky so many times. When you are riding on the well wishes of millions of people worldwide, it is hard to be unlucky. Davydenko can testify to that.