I just read your discussion here and I'd like to share my observations.
Someone questioned whether Petra might be lazy and if she considers tennis as her hobby or profession. I'm not familiar with her history in full, but didn't she train in her hometown several times a week before getting invited to Prostejov at 16? Isn't that too late? Maybe Petra is still transitioning to accepting that tennis is her profession now and things are going to change.
As for the fitness questions - I think she's making some steps in that direction. This year she was on an intensive camp in Turkey, who knows, maybe she will go there again some time. I also think ideal fitness shape cannot happen overnight, it may take a year or two, as evidenced by Azarenka when she started working with Scott Byrnes (sp?) or even Djokovic. This year she's had plenty of niggles that to me have prevented her from training properly. I'm sure Petra and her team know that and will take care of it. No matter how skeptical you are of the members of her team, you have to be ignorant not to see the improvements that need to be made. But once again I say this might take a long period. (If there's anyone familiar with the case of Norwegian biathlete Tarjei Boe, there're similarities with Petra). Also, speaking of Djokovic, he tried to add new people to his team and change his serve and that backfired, so maybe Petra's team is taking it slowly instead of rushing things. To me, Petra had visible improvement in her movement in January at the AO and the small injuries just stalled her progress. Once Petra shakes her disappointment of the season on vacation and starts preparing for the new season, thing will get better. Side note on her "belly" - I'm not sure she'll ever lose it, irrespective of fitness coaching, that's just her body structure, similar to Safina's, who had great endurance.
I understand your concerns about training on Protejov in winter instead of outdoors in e.g. Miami, but maybe this has something to do with her asthma. She's said she feels bad in North America, so maybe a 2-week camp in Australia before the AO is the best option for her.
Thanks for your comments and don't be a stranger.
Yes, Petra went Prostojev at 16-17 yrs old (though supposedly she was invited at a much earlier age and her father said "no"), and she didn't play much juniors either. So you are correct. Petra's is very inexperienced to the world travel, competitiveness and petty killer instinct compared to many of her contemporaries.
Petra has made great fitness strides in the past three years (though I noticed in that Safina match at the 2009 US Open 4th rd, when Petra was much bigger she played a great match for hrs in the sun), if you go by the weight she lost. Agreed. And she was actually at the height of her movement, during the 2011 season (Paris Indoor, Australian Open, YEC, Linz, Wimbledon).
And I also agree, the stomach may not go any where: Cause as Petra's lost about 25lbs the past several years, she still has one (though it's not as big as some people make it out to be). We've discussed that here many times.
Djokovic's additions to his team worked very well, except the serve experiment. He changed his diet, increased his conditioning, cured his health ailments, and got tougher, while adding more skill to his tennis arsenal. I think it worked.
The issue with Petra is, everyone seems to come from her Managers stable, as opposed to the tennis world in general (outside of his network). And they have made a series of critical mistakes through out 2012--hampering Petra, which have been discussed ad nauseum here. Sure questionable parents or management has happened to other players before. The question is, when will Petra wake up, notice, make her own decisions or care, if she's not being helped?
Petra can train outdoors in Monaco, Italy or Spain. It doesn't have to be in America (though many players live/train there, cause there's an abundance of tennis talent and facilities).
Remember, the Australian's an outdoor event. And though people couldn't really put there finger on it at the time, we knew one of the reasons why Petra didn't play as well on outdoor hard court in NA (though they were several reasons), was her affinity of practicing indoors in Europe at Prostojev. It was psychological.
Petra's team may very well prove to be excellent in 2013. So I don't doubt your speculation or advice of patience. However, they haven't given us too many reasons to feel the same in 2012. There were many self inflicted screw ups too numerous to re-hash.
Maybe it's just growing pains for her team in tandem with Petra's "transitional/adjustment" year following her 2011 success and expectations. But an argument can be made she's outgrown them, or at least Petra needs additional/new people or advisors and perspective.
And here in lies much of our concern. We don't know if Petra or any of her people, are comfortable or even allowed to seek anyone in the tennis world to advise, assist, coach or work with her in any capacity. Her manager, has already indicated publically--virtually boasting, that he chooses her coaches that she and Kotyza can choose from. He also boasted that he talked her into Extraliga 2012, and almost promised he could talk her into Fed Cup 2013 as well (both events he has a financial, status and political interest in--I may add), that Petra could benefit skipping, or delaying her commitment.
They're too many apparent conflicts of interest and pressure placed on Petra as well, under the current arrangement. That cannot help. It must get better or change.