Actually, it wasn't something that happened to her specifically, but it was something that affected her.
She took about a month off after the US Open. When players take these one-month sabaticals, the first half is usually time to just relax, recuperate, recharge. And the coach gets to go home to see his/her family. It's usually the last couple of weeks that they resume intense training.
Unfortunately for Chanda, during that last 2 weeks, her hometown was devastated. First, severe storms came through and did major damage. Then, just when they're getting cleaned up from that, a Hurricane slams into the town. So she basically lost her training time for the indoor season. Even had she found a working facility somewhere, it's doubtful her mind would have been on business.
We've seen it this fall. Chanda's been missing that little bit that makes the difference between winning the close games and losing them. She's lost a lot of those tight games this fall.
It doesn't take much. Look at RG this year. Justine was deservedly one of the favorites for the title. Unfortunately, she got ill, was below par, and lost her opening match. Had she not gotten sick, she might have been holding the trophy at the end.
That's what makes things so disappointing. Chanda could have (and should have) been finishing up in the top 10. And what's irritating is that, given the lack of respect she's always received from the media, she'll be judged based on her worst performances. Today's match is a good example. Most of the games were nailbiters that could have gone either way. The sets could have gone either way. A knowledgable tennis writer would say that it was a tight match in which one player managed to capture most of the big points. History tells me that won't be the case.