Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on Monday became the fifth of the top 10 women's seeds to lose early at the BNP Paribas Open, echoing the fluctuation in the world rankings after No. 1
Bencic, ranked No. 8 and seeded seventh here, was victimized by her erratic serve and the forehand slices of world No. 97 Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, who prevailed, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at Stadium 2 to advance to the round of 16.
Bencic's departure left ninth-seeded
So far, No. 2
"I cannot explain for everyone but for me, OK, I am top 10 now and for sure they expect me to win every week and play very consistent results. It's just not the way it is," said Bencic, who turned 19 last week. "Everyone has a tough week and I cannot go every week and play my best tennis."
Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert, an ESPN commentator, said the upsets here reflect the unpredictability among the top women.
"After Serena, from 2 to 20, it's like musical chairs, anything can happen," Evert said during a conference call with reporters. "I think what really surprises me is the fact that still nobody has stepped up to the plate and challenged and is a consistent No. 2 player. . . . There isn't one other player out there that is mentally really fearless and strong enough to believe that they can challenge Serena."
In women's matches that went according to form, No. 12
On the men's side, wrist problems caused Australia's