I have a question for you guys. On your personal sliding scale, is Petra failing as hard as Caro is lately? Because I'm seeing some similarities. Including a R1 loss one week and a R2 loss another week. And...boatloads of unforced errors. Like...a lot of them.
It's hard to say yet. We'll see?
Petra was absolutely dreadful vs Domi. So that's scary and uncharacteristic of what she's been doing lately the past two years, to start the season.
She was just bad (i.e. up and down vs Pav's), and respectable against CSN.
If Petra keeps this up though (even if she does well in the majors), she could fall out of the top 10 or top 20, and I don't think that would be a good thing for her confidence.
If this is true: Unless she gets her year together, she may fall into a level of inconsistency below 2011 or 2012. And if that was to happen, it would be ugly.
Obviously, somethings not clicking and working to start the season (mentally, tennis and preparation wise). And hopefully (regarding your original question), Petra can get it back together and re-right the ship for the rest of the year, from a consistency, as well as a big game stand point.
She doesn't appear to be as focused and prepared, as she has the past few years to start the season. However, she wouldn't be in Caro's position (if she kept up the poor inconsistent play) for another 2-3 years. Now of course, the difference between the two is, Petra would still have a punchers chance (if she got hot) to win a major, while if Caro's playing poorly, she has none!!