Venus Williams' first-round loss at the Australian Open is the latest in a growing number of frustrating performances by the seven-time Grand Slam champion.
No longer a Top 10 player, Williams now joins the list of most frustrating players to watch. Players who frustrate do far more than disappoint. They baffle. You tune in expecting amazing, and, instead, they serve up the inexplicable.
John Isner often disappoints simply because Americans want so badly for him to succeed. But Isner is hardly frustrating. The big guy is neither agile or speedy. In fact, given his size and lack of natural talent, Isner might be an overachiever.
Sabine Lisicki is frustrating. She packs heavy artillery but shoots blanks too often.
The most frustrating players to watch are those whose play makes you throw your hands up in disbelief. During their matches you tweet SMH and OMG. They make you ask why? How?