Okay,I can't sugarcoat this one,cuz it sounds like a bunch of crap to me.I've had moments in life when I was nervous...and I've had moments when I was sick,INCLUDING acute bronchitis which practically left me bedridden when I was about 6.....but I've NEVER been unable to distinguish between whether I was sick or nervous
.MAYBE,at the outset of an illness,the symptoms would be so mild that Petra or someone else couldn't tell the difference,yet the flaw in that defense is that the milder symptoms wouldn't affect you that profoundly or stop you from competing.I'm trying my best to give Petra the benefit of the doubt here in considering that she may have worsened,symptoms-wise,AFTER the match.On the video,she DEFINITELY didn't resemble someone with serious bronchitis...she just looked like a player who was psychologically out of it and playing like garbage.
I don't know if it's her team,if it's Petra on her own(aye HOPE not),or if they're collaborating...but an athlete rightfully loses respect when he/she concocts asinine excuses for losing....Even Serena has been upbraided for this;when Henin kicked her ass in 3 straight Slam QFs in 2007,Ree ranted and blamed the 3rd loss on 'lucky shots'...though she seems to have put THAT sort of lunacy behind her in her advancing years.Maybe the worst was when AI lost to Zheng in 2008 and claimed that she lost b/c she didn't realize that she was getting tired in the 2nd set
.Unless someone's on mind-altering drugs,I don't know how it's humanly possible to NOT know that you're getting tired...that's as stupid as NOT knowing whether or not you have a headache.
Friend #1: You're rubbing your forehead;do you have a headache?
Friend #2: I'm not sure--let me consult a specialist
Anyway,it's GOOD that Petra is disappointed with losing but,as Navrat could tell her,part of being a champion means owning up to subpar performances and using them as motivation to do better.I really,REALLY hope that Petra doesn't copy the seemingly-growing trend of mentally-fragile WTA divas who lean on every crutch they can find following a loss