Agreed. But I support her even when she loses. Her losses don't bother me. What does bother me are the extended periods of not playing her game, of seeming unfocused, of not bringing it like she can.
I'm far from the only one on here saying these things. In fact I see many posting things that are similar to what I was posting months ago, even if they use "nicer" language. And if I'm incorrect and the main thing that's off has been her illness then I'll be glad, take my lumps and apologize for being so incorrect.
I couldn't agree with you more POV.
What's been infuriating me about Petra's 'game' for a long time has been her inability to play some semblance of consistent 'normal' keep the ball between the lines tennis. It's ridiculous for a player of her talent level and ranking to play so wildly. In all my years of watching tennis, I've never seen a top player who was so damn wild with his/her shots. I'm not going to write a monologue about all of this, the matches and results speak for themselves. The bottom line because of this problem is she now consistently loses to people she should dominate, and she now has next to no chance of beating the top players. Has anyone noticed at YEC, when the announcers are talking about the tour's elite players, Petra is no longer part of the conversation? Sad.
And none of this even touches on what could be going on between her ears. That's the part that's been scaring me even more lately. Our poor Petra seems to be having big time confidence problems. Meanwhile, all of her top competitors Serena, Vika, Masha, etc.) seem to be happily, cockily, arrogantly, strutting their way to the finals of tournament after tournament. The second level of consistent performers on the tour seem to be the Hard Workers group: Aga, Sara, Angie, etc. In the past, Petra could get past this group because of superior talent and a modicum of consistency. Lately. . .
Frankly, I'm really worried now about how she will perform against BG's beloved Ana at Fed Cup. Even my seven year old commented that whoever the Czech #2 is better play well because Petra really stinks right now. Damn, even a seven year old can see the difference!
Let's hope the local support wakes her up for a moment so she can find her mojo again. She's going to need it. Itchy shorts aside, Ana has upped her game recently and will be fighting like hell for the win. She's been inspired this year (I believe she has a new coach (?). With the right strategy she could give Petra big problems. Lately, she's been playing fiesty and aggressively-that could give Petra problems if she's not ready to handle it.
Also, I wish Petra didn't have to play that stupid exhibition with Maria. Except for the cash, what the hell is that going to do for her. These two aren't even nearly at the same level at the moment. I hope Maria's feeling charitable that night, I somehow think she won't (Bagels anyone?). I had every chance to buy tickets to this farce, but for obvious reasons decided not to waste my money. I don't think it's going to be very entertaining....
Poor Petra. Poor Petra. What is she going to do with herself? How is she going to resurrect her game? When is she going to get her mojo back?
Without changes in her team, attitude and training program, I fear next year is going to look a lot like this year.
Petra's problems go way beyond just her health and fitness. I really pray she can find a way to turn things around.
She's a good kid and it's such a waste of talent.... What a shame.
QPF: On the Petra rollercoaster, til the wheels come off. Fed Cup here we come!!!