The worrisome thing for Petra is even when she played well this year she still lost to Serena and Sharapova. The feeling before this year was when Petra played well she would usually win the title, but that was not the case. She didnt play Azarenka but one would think looking at their success she probably would have lost to her too. Add to that she has still has periods of inconsistency, while she has gotten better with that, and she has her work cut out fo rher.
Yeah, she "played well" leading up to those matches, but no where near what she played last year.
I shouldn't have to break it down, but Petra's level was not comparable.
In addition to her actual play, Petra's injuries, illnesses, adjusting to her new found fame, responsibilities and expectations, etc., has to be taken in consideration as well.
Azarenka was already a top 10 player for the last few years, and hadn't won a slam. And when she finally won one and became number one--no one noticed or had any expectations for her (no pressure), cause she wasn't the one being tapped by the media.
Even now, many tennis die hards and media still don't take her seriously, cause they don't feel she has the game to dominate. That helps her.
As far as Petra, we'll see where the next 3 months-two years takes her?