I hope she will be more consistent too - obviously.
And yes, I mentioned before that she played Rezai in Palermo last year - and Rezai is also a very up and down player. She has the chance to win an event, but she can also lose 1st r. I;m not sure about the "whole family being there" motivation - that hasn't worked the 2 times she's played in prague, but it seems to help (more) in Rosmalen - but also Rosmalen is in her home country so, who knows? As I said, I HOPE Misa will do well in Palermo, BUT I will be surprised if she actually wins.
Why are you worried with the hard court season? Hard court was generally Misa's best surface in juniors. She won the junior USO in 04, and made the final in 03. Plus last year, her draws at the 3 hard court events she played were mostly crap - Srebotnik 1st r Canadian and Sharapova 1dst r USO - you can't expect her to win those sort of matches. OK, she should have beaten Rodionova (New Haven), but I think she lost some confidence after losing to Srebotnik in Montreal.
Regarding the start of this year - in some of the Dutch articles (which I assume you can't read
) she has said that at the start of this year she had some personal problems, and she wasn't feeling fit, which didn't help with her AO/Hobart campaign. Plus what about the year before in Australia? Finals Hopman Cup, winner Hobart, 3rd r Aussie Open. Plus in 05 she made the 2nd r Aussie Open after being a WC into quallies. I think she's certianly not out of place on hardcourt, and given that fact that she is now ranked higher than last year and can possibly get some nicer draws at the US/Canadian tourneys, she should do better on hard this year.