Biggest dissapointment, by what standars ?
That she isnt number one this year and hasnt won 4 GS ?
She is still number 5 in the world, two semis in GS, has won
two titles and earned over 2 million dollars in prize money this year.
all this plus having several injuries that have obviously affected her game.
People should leave her alone a bit,at least until next year, but I agree that fitness is a big issue
for her that she´ll have to sort out sooner or later.
Unfortunately, I think it's more than just that.
Last year, Petra's fitness was fine, getting to balls, and hitting some wicked, indescribable shots on the run with regularity. This year, not so much (except in Montreal), and a bit in Cincinnati.
I'm not sure how much strategy, career advice, strategic vision and motivation that Petra gets from her current team. It's noteworthy, that Petra has won about 5 of her 9 career titles, with out her coach. I think he's good for teaching her tennis shots. But the juries still out on his tactical game planning, and/or if Petra even listens to him when he does.
In addition, her team had certainly made some pre-season and in season blunders--aiding to injury, sickness and time off the field/training during 2012.
And despite the repeated interest and overtures from folks like Navratilova, Petra continues to keep her team very small. Currently, she has no strategic advisors or a fitness coach (though I'm sure she'll hire one soon).
Shoot, even 19 year old Sloane Stevens is smart enough to use Serena as an advisor, a player she's currently competing against. Sloane ain't no fool.
It's Kotyza and Katie (the PR
Lady--who's a good step), as far I know now.
Petra could use career, strategic, tennis management advice from someone like a Navratilova who's been there. As good as a teaching coach Kotyza may be, he just can't duplicate that experience, high standards and respect. Petra's a laid back type off the court, who can be a fierce competitor on the court. But so much preparation is done off the court, before you actually play. You gotta believe and trust, even when you don't have your best stuff.
I say all this, cause I'm not sure how much Petra is actually motivated or takes this seriously at the moment. She could benefit from solid team. Sometimes I wonder why she doesn't call, text, e-mail or ask Martina for more advice (Martina politely complains about Petra's lack of outreach--every so often on Tennis Channel), is because Petra's not ready to live up to those standards/expectation or let Martina down--if she won't/can't.
Petra's got to realize she's in the big leagues now. And Serena, Martha, Aza, Aga and Kerber, just upped the ante.
Maybe it's all a lot to take in for her (remember Petra didn't play top juniors or travel a lot--early in her career and just entered the top 10 last year), post 2011. So we'll see?
Hopefully for Petra, she'll get acclimated to all this, and start to take her career, her body, her planning, her tennis, her goals and team seriously. Cause I want to see some more of that breathtaking, all court, winning tennis that she can produce. If she does, we all win; even non-fans or haters.