Re: Will Lucie Safarova ever live up to her potential?
I struggled between choosing option 3 and option 5 (cause you don't want to write players off). But considering Lucie's age of 24 (and relative stagnation), I choose that she has already passed her peak.
It's not that age 24 is too old (or players can't improve). Not at all. But barring some profound later stage coaching and/or self retrospection/analysis, she appears to be making the same dumb mistakes, based off of pressure and the moment, that she's always made.
You are right. When her game is gone, she can be a menace on the court. But even with that type of game (it just doesn't happen often and long enough), at this stage, I don't see her as a future Grand Slam winner. Maybe she can sneak into the top 15 for a moment, being that she's already in the top 30 as it is.
I hope I'm wrong. Good Luck to her.
You did give good options though.