Is this the lowest point of Petra's career so far?
In some ways I want Petra to lose against the lesser Radanska, she needs a real shock, a wake up call. Serena had it, when she lost in the first round of the French open, said she didn't leave the house for two days but look how she came back.
I want this to happen to Petra, she needs a really bad loss, one where she can't use one of her lame excuses. One where she can't do a little shopping and all her problems disappear.
Lisicki posted a message after her loss saying how she needs more matches, needs to cut out silly errors etc. What do we get from Petra after a loss, a picture of her shopping for clothes and no mention of anything she thinks she needs a to work on.
I've not followed her for long really, has she 'ever' admitted she needs to work on any part of her game? Or is she always living in cloud cuckoo land?
Petra was more honest and competitive in 2011. And as the 2012 season progressed, and she starting losing in semifinals in majors (especially to Sharapova), the confidence started to deteriorate.
Ironically, her team (Coach Kotyza) was usually honest. However, it was usually in an embarrassing way. Pure "Keystone Cops" material. They made numerous tactical (2012 Australian vs Sharapova) , training (Dec 2011 Czech Extraliga injury) and recuperation (caught a virus in cold as Czech Republic, instead of being in warm weather climate in January/February) efforts through out 2012, which set Petra off on the WRONG foot, and probably made her more gun shy in being honest. It was literally, "the gang that couldn't shoot straight".
Now her confidence, and confusion factor are so high, I don't think you'll get the truth from Petra in a while, unless it's in a pitiful or embarrassing fashion, like the sleep excuse the other day. Petra's not acting like a Grand Slam, Young Future/Current Champion as the months and years progress. So who knows where her mind set is? But yes, she was more solid and straightforward in 2011 when she was winning and had confidence. Now she has to learn how to handle adversity, fight (and not just say it), and improve (to really do, and want it).
Hopefully, that starts soon? And she turns it around. However, it's going to take her. Because I have no confidence in the team that she has to do it for her.