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Entering the two-week tournament at Roland Garros, Victoria Azarenka had a solid grip on the WTA No. 1 ranking. What's more, as the No. 1 overall seed, she only needed to get to the semifinals of the tournament and she would maintain her ranking.
In her first match of the tournament, she was challenged by Alberta Brianti, who took her to eight extra points and won the first set 7-6. Only then did Azarenka recover and dominate the remainder of the match.
Regardless, her first-set struggle put the tennis world on watch even as Azarenka went on to dominate her next two matches, losing only two games against the 20-year-old German Dinah Pfizenmaier and beating young Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4 6-4.
After those two successful matches, it seemed Azarenka had righted the ship and may be headed to at least the semis if not beyond.
However, No. 15 seed Dominika Cibulkova emerged to embarrass Azarenka in straight sets. It was not the result the No. 1 women's player in the world hoped for when she made her way to Paris two weeks ago.
As a result of Maria Sharapova reaching the final, Azarenka lost her hold on the No. 1 overall ranking and will likely drop to No. 2.
That's not a pretty ending to a tournament that had already escaped her.