I could see her going over a bad patch due to motivational reasons. She has reached all her goals this year, so it might be difficult for her to (push) counterpunch herself to the limit over and over again.
But it will be extremely difficult to predict. Who knows, maybe she found the switch in her mind and will be a slam contender for the next 2-3 years and remain No. 1 for all of 2017? Or maybe 2016 was a one-off, and she will go back to losing in R3/R4 at slams again? One thing is for sure: it will be another rollercoaster ride of emotions.
- rewarding herself more often for all the hard work (aka less painful final losses)
- that she will not always play the same running forehand crosscourt passing shot. Everybody knows it’s coming cross, so please more DTL variation, Angie!
- staying No. 1 until Wimbledon (if she plays a good Australia season, it might be possible)
- winning a PM/P5
- improving her net play. I second the opinion that her volleys are actually quite good, she just doesn’t know how to set them up
- beating Errani to erase that horrible US Open 2012 result from my memory
- finally giving us one epic racket smash
- she will not win/defend a slam, but still have good results at some of them (occasional SF, maybe even a F). Also she will at least reach QF at RG
- winning 2-3 tournaments (mostly premier)
- there will be another Vika epic late in the year, possibly USO R3
- ending the year in the Top 5
- she will be unbeaten in Fed Cup, but Germany won’t reach the final
- a lot of mockery and ridicule on TF when she doesn’t back up her 2016 results