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World No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost early for the second consecutive week in a tune-up tournament for the Australian Open.

I have to wonder if Angelique is overrelishing going into tournaments for the first time as the best player on the planet, a status she gained last autumn after many years on the tour, and has overloaded her schedule.

In addition to training and competing, Angelique has personal and professional commitments off the court, including endorsement appearances and a significant role as a spokeswoman for the Women’s Tennis Association.

She is the defending champion at the Australian Open, the first of two major tournaments she won last year. She is known for her athleticism, for grinding it out in long rallies, for wearing her opponents down.

I just hope Angelique does not wear herself down. When you are known for your stamina, you sometimes forget that stamina has its limits. At this stage in her career, perhaps Angelique should be more selective about where and how often she commits to tournaments and keep her focus on the majors. She’s already surpassed everyone’s expectations except perhaps her own.

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