I like that Kotyza didn't put pressure on Petra to defend YEC title, also i have to agree with him that last year was dream and this reality and it wasn't that bad but still disappointing. I'm angry that he didn't recognizes 2011 as benchmark moving forward or he just not saying it. His take on players is disappointment, i thought he was talking about matchups and how Petra would fair against them not some mambo-jumbo, though giving sugar to Li Na is funny.
I understand there may be some Petra Psychology or media double speak/avoidance going on here.....
Nonetheless,I don't understand, why both he and Petra keep declaring--about 2011, "it's/was A Dream".
Like you, I agree Petra and her team should be, trying to build off of 2011 and not use it as some sort of epoch or distant Utopia, despite her relative troubles in 2011.
Sometimes, I wonder if Kotyza is truly over matched at this point? Yeah, he can coach Petra (or she can coach herself) when she's playing well. And I know he can teach her tennis shots. I give him that. But how does he handle the more mental and tactical aspects, approach, and infusion of confidence, when Petra's game, fitness or spirits are patchy?
In a nutshell, how does he handle her overall preparation and confidence? Obviously he did a good to great job in 2011--when little was expected (with maybe the exception at Wimbledon, where she excelled for the 2nd yr in row). But now that the spotlight and pressure is on. How does he (and her Sports Psychologist) handle Petra's total mental, physical, Game, scheduling, improvement, etc., aspects--with people like us, her opponents and the media--constantly watching, waiting, plotting and complaining?
Hopefully, she won't start off the year with any injuries (the infamous Hredecka mild Achilles tear--from a Dec, 2011 Czech league match)--leading to missed tennis training and fitness and its after effects, as she was alleged to have started 2012--into May-July with.
The game is all there (especially with the proper 2011-ish fitness). It just needs to be molded, shaped and cajoled into either very high level consistency, and/or periodic UBER/championship level play, when need be.
The question is: Who's going to Cajole It Out Of Petra, and/or when is it going to come (if ever/again)?