This is just too much, croat123 said it well: why bother fighting in the second if you are just going to give up?? This was mental through and through and if her camp doesn't realize this than there's someone braindead there. She gets herself into a great position and than starts planning her next vacation or tomorrow's lunch or some bullshit like that. She won the set and went on an imaginary stroll along the meadows of Neverland...pathetic. This is how you give someone a great b-day, Christmas, Hanukha, New Year's, Mother's day and National turtle day present all at once - a free pass into the last 16 of a slam.
Oh and, if you think I'm pissed, you don't know the half of it. Seriously considering to stop following women's tennis i.e. "international mental collapse extravaganza" altogether.
I saw the tragedy yesterday. She has obvious problems with her focus.
I would go as far as to say that technically she equals or is above Maria Sharapova.
Maria wins on the WTA tour on a regular basis and Petra doesnīt, so what is the difference?
Letīs take a look at Sharapovas attitude on the court. EVERY and I mean EVERY point she loses she considers a personal INSULT to her self image. No matter how bad a shot she has hit or no matter how great the other player plays, in her mind thatīs only temporary, cause she(Maria) KNOWS Maria Sharapova is THE BETTER PLAYER! If you can force yourself into that kind of mindset, you have almost already won the tournament. Your opponent will spot no cracks in your demeanor. It will probably wear down the opponent mentally, since you donīt seem to respect whos the better player. This is Marias secret weapon. She looks upon every player with a disdain during her games. HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY AUTHORITY GIRL?? It has taken her to a career Grand Slam. Im sure that attitude could take others equally far.
I good start for Petra would be to stop throwing her racket to the ground when shes disappointed. Thats free information to her opponent that shes unbalanced.
Tennis at the very top has ALWAYS been about breaking down your opponents hope.
To make your opponent feel its hopeless, thats the REAL key to success.
Itīs brutal but nontheless true.