Exactly, but it's not like she doesn't want to come back again; she does. You can see how devastated she has looked this year after several of those awful loses. Many times close to tears. But sometimes I've got the feeling that she, or her team makes her think so, believes it's only a question of time before that happens, while they are really doing nothing to change Petra's current situation, so you can see her making all kind of silly excuses time and time again (the Cirstea one was the icing on the cake) Is she lazy ? or is her team that inept, or a bit of both ? She seems unable to find the right intensity and mantain her focus for a whole tournament. One day she's quite good (Stosur) the next she is a nightmare.
Yes, Azarenka was far from fit in Carlsbad (maybe at 50%, at best) but even so she made it to the final after a long lay off, though her last match was a Petra-esque massive shitfest. But she is a good example. The last thing you see in her is self complacement or self pity. She clenches her teeth and keeps on fighting, even when nothing is working for her. She never gives up. I'd like to see that attitude in Petra, instead of her usual apparent impassive exterior when it's clear to see that she is falling apart. She should be more emotional on court, and show character and rage too if necessary. Nothing wrong in pumping yourself up as long as you keep those emotions under control. Petra looks just too passive and resigned on court.
Agree with all this. On one hand, Petra is obviously devastated and upset, when she doesn't advance or have bad losses. Meanwhile, she's not doing anything [substantial] to change it.
This is how Children act.
And I've been saying this for a while, on your second point/paragraph: Petra doesn't always have to be in the best shape to beat mugs (as your Azarenka example). You're fitness, should come into question, when your playing against top players, who are. It also comes up, if you're playing a really tough match, after a long run. We make too many excuses for Petra. Most top players, "bullshit their way through" crappy draws, and [miraculously] find themselves in the finals or semi-finals often. Petra can't even do that. Which is why, I always say, her problems are beyond [simple] fitness.
It all starts in the head, and her commitment to be the best, while being unsatisfied with mediocrity, and earnestly working towards changing it. She's just not there yet. And her Motley Crue of a team, certainly won't take her there as well.
Can't disagree, with your 'Petra complacency' point as well.
Yes, the "lack of sleep" excuse, let's us know, they're a comedy of errors, over there in the Kvitova camp, indeed. SMH