I like Petra.
We all know what she's capable of doing, and she showed that for a set and a half. Take the game in which she got broken at *34 in the second set. She was cruising until that point on serve and inexplicably missed five serves in a row for no reason which took her from 15-0 to 15-30 and a second serve.
She's still not as fit as she could be. She still makes bad errors and questionable decisions. She still goes on walkabouts. She was lucky against Petrova in the sense that Petrova has the capability to be even more streaky and more negative than Petra herself.
While some of this was promising, this match was no different than some of the other matches she's lost recently except the quality of opponent. She hasn't played a full match at even an keeled level, and I'm not talking flashy, world beating level, since early 2012.
And no, emoticons don't make you should any smarter.
Good points/response overall. Cause on the whole, I felt the same way and agreed with your premise--right after the match ("promising, but no different"; just found a different way to lose). Agreed. And her serve, which let her down today (as the past 6 months), has historically been a very dependable weapon for Petra. The low first serve % and DF is a relatively new occurrence for her. And Petra has always won cheap points off her serve, and historically her second serve was/has been very dependable and effective, even though out a match. So that's been relatively new occurrence for her.
I didn't see a lot of high risk tennis from Petra through out the match off the ground. She was constructing her points very well. Yes, in the second set she went walk about for sure, with more errors and some wild misses. But that was just a lack of focus and execution. Usually, if/when Petra's playing well and she has a middle set like that, she shakes it off and rolls her opponent in the third. She almost did today.
You can't win six titles in one year (or 10 if that's the number) at this point of her career, by just being a wild swinger. That's a misnomer about Petra. When Petra wins tournaments, she can be both solid and spectacular simultaneously. The two are necessarily autonomous. That's the difference. Give her more credit than that.
Nonetheless, let's hope she made some strides for consistencies sake (cause her current team, sure ain't gonna help her find it, unfortunately)? She appears to be searching, to lost at times. We'll find out the next several months, won't we?
The emotives, were cause I felt you MEANT what you said--not only outright, but to a finite degree as well. I was shocked. That's why they're available. Made sense.