b/c she's now just as irrelevant as Venus?
lost to pova 3 in a row, pova fans gonna like her
lost to aggie in YEC, aggie fan is fine with her
not even a threat to Vika, Vika fan won't care too much
I hear what you're saying. But that's over simplifying a bit, I think.
Keep in mind if Petra won a lot, she would gain more fans as well.
Obviously, a lot of people still root for, like her, wish her to do well, even when she's playing poorly. Venus, just gained a bunch of additional votes (I hate to say it), cause of her recent ailment and struggles. But I'm not hating, or have a problem with that.
Just look at Lisicki for comparison. She tumbled in that poll, and she hasn't won much/squat, or been a threat to anyone (minus Wimbledon) since 2011.
And Serena (who won almost everything), still ended the year #4.
I understand why, but you're not giving Petra enough credit.