Are we supposed to walk around being beacons of doom and gloom because she's had a crappy start to the year?
Not at all.
I wasn't talking about the future with Shifty.
I was discussing the past tense, and the excuses he made (including if Petra lost to a much lower ranked opponent today).
She's lost so far and needs to get better. However, we don't have to try to explain it away with platitudes like 'well Petra was once young and up and coming as well' if she loses to a young, low ranked player.