For Petra this year was pretty good and consistent plus she finally done great in US but being Petra's fan for me disappointment was how she carelessly screwed up start of the season catching stupid cold which lead to disrupted conditioning rhythm what was cause to some injuries and slow start of the year and some easy losses later, also that's why general media forgot about her because there were bigger news to report like 26-0 run by Vika, Pova's career GS, super awesome summer by Rena
They gave Petra all the publicity they needed at the end of the year, and she didn't deliver. Simple as that.
These reporters are not going to go out on a limb, then continually appear like fools with a player with only one major. That's not how it works
You make the news, when you win. Petra didn't win many majors.
I'm sure if she does next year, things will change again. In addition, she wouldn't be a disappointment, if they didn't expect much to begin with. So in a way, that's a good thing.
Call it a building block/transitional year.
And you're right about the start of her year. What the hell was her team doing sometimes, and does she hire as needed or have a full time hitting partner? I don't think she does, and if that's the case, that reprehensible for a top player that can afford it.
Her team and activities needs to be sorted out. I'm starting to wonder, if one of the reasons she did better last year, was because Adam was able to hit with her sometimes?