What Happened to the Champions?

To understand something of the state of the women’s game–indifference, injuries, overall malaise–take a look at your last three Open champions and where they are now:

2005: Kim Clijsters. Retired in 2007 at age 23

2006: Maria Sharapova. Injured. 

2007: Justine Henin. Retired in 2008 at age 25 

It was a trend we documented two years ago, and it still seems to be in a down-cycle. 

What Happened to the Champions?