Let's face with truth - forget about all other players positive experience... but playing small events will never works for Ana
! She is player which have better results at slams than at tier-I level events, at tier-I better than at tier-II, at tier-II better than at tier-III. Even at same tournaments she has tendency to play worse at smaller courts than at bigger ones! Except Serena Williams no other player with such strange and extreme stats about this. Without seed status Ana will face seeded opponents in early rounds, but on other hand don't forget that she will play 1st round matches against lower rankend players (BYE no more) and even with mediocre display for her standards she will reach enough matches. Another of reasons why players which drop from TOP50 prefer small MM events for comeback is because don't like to play qualies at bigger events (b/c bad ranking) is pointless for Ana, because like one of tours biggest stars she can reach WC's anytime and anywhere.
Problem with her 2009 schedule IMO is not because she not played some extra mickey mouse event, but because after march/09 she played just 6 events overall (out of slams). She even escape both premiere mandatory events (Madrid and Beijing) from that part of season.
Fed Cup.. she had enough traume and humiliation in february..
I agree in general that she is scared about possibility to be humiliated twice in her hometown in just two months, and that is main reason why she decide to
from this tie. I'm really unhappy with this decision because FED CUP is only chance for Serbs to see theirs biggest stars live in action, and if they lose (now Slovakia is big favorite if Domi+Dani both will play) first next possibility to watch power Serbian FED CUP team i n World Group I will be in 2012 in best case. But what to do
I just want to believe that there will be with Ana at end same happy end scenario like with Jelena in 2006 when she decide to skip FED CUP in april and to try to regroup from careers biggest crisis.