Though.. this is not really all that surprising.. I'm sure what happened against Russia was a huge trauma for Ana.. it hurt her big time.. and no wonder.. that was utter humiliation. She had awful results in IW and Miami, is still playing like crap and has no serve. Serbia will take on a strong team in Slovakia, and they know Ana might very well lose both matches again with the way she has been playing. And she obviously doesn't need to get totally embarrassed again in front of her home crowd.
Jankovic will get pissed off though, I'm sure. Because we all know she will win both of her matches, but that's it for Serbia. No shot at winning the tie. Hantuchova sucks on clay, but no way she is losing to Jovanovski or Jovanovic. Let alone Cibulkova, who actually plays well on the surface. And such a pity.. if Ana was playing remotely decent tennis, Serbia could very well be on its way to winning the title.. now they will most probably have to fight their way out of World Group II again.
Back to Ana... If she is not playing Fed Cup.. she should enter Marbella or Barcelona or something.. Stuttgart and Rome have hell fields, she might very well only get 2 matches there.. And she will have to get a WC to get into Madrid's main draw. She will not be seeded at any of these tournaments and we have to remember Stuttgart and Madrid have no byes.. so she might as well face anyone in the first round. With her luck, it will most probably be a big time player.
Ana has no idea of how to win matches anymore.. how to close it out.. how to get strong or to focus more on important points.. how to keep going when things get tight.. that simple match management, that's not natural for her anymore because she has barely played in the past year.. she doesn't have those match mechanics with her anymore.. so everything is hard and difficult once she steps on court.. she always looks miserable and nervous.. She simply doesn't really know how to play a real match. It's pretty obvious she needs to get matches in, relearn the process.. so when she goes on court it's not the weight of the world on her shoulders anymore.. so it's actually something normal, that she does for a living.. not something out of this world. And it's highly unlikely that she will get these matches only playing those big time tournaments in Stuttgart, Rome and WC depending Madrid. With no matches, no confidence, no recovery. She can practice all she wants, if she can't translate it to matches it just doesn't matter.
Unfortunately, I feel like she won't add anything else.. she will just get these next couple of weeks to WAG, then another couple of weeks to practice on clay.. then show up to play Stuttgart, lose in the first round.. show up to play Rome, lose in the first round.. get a WC into Madrid and lose in the first round. Or second if she gets lucky enough to get a weak player as a first round opponent. Sometimes I just have to
when she says she is taking all the necessary steps to recovery.. okay, right..