Originally Posted by ShiftyFella
I think it's you who don't get it. If she can't even perform at the level of Top100 player on her best and favorite surface, this shows something is wrong with her, not her team, not her preparation, not commitment but only her.
Playing indoors is in her blood, she doesn't need to have the best team in the world or great preparation to produce decent results and her past achievements proves that, it's not like she played vs another indoorGOAT. If she plays great here without distraction from big media, her team but continues to play bad in doha\dubai this proves your theory about bad preparation and stuff but she just played bad, period. The only thing that Petra needs to change it's her mental state, it's like something happened in her life that she's just distracted from being herself on the court.
btw, i don't said she can't have good results, i've said she can struggles with wind, sun, humidity, heat, etc... this things affect any player but indoors all this things are absent, so for playing in Australia we can find some excuses for her poor results but here we can't and that's what's worries me, since she always plays great indoors no matter what. FC would be great measuring stick, if she can't perform decently even there
Thank you. I completely agree, and I think people underestimate the amount of tennis that is mental. (the answer is: almost all of it)
Also, let's not go overboard here. She's not acting like pre-2011 Vika. She's not a brat.
What I've seen from her lately is more akin to Sloane Stephens in the AO SF: no confidence, shank, shank, UE, winner, no confidence, get down on yourself, occasional semblance of game plan, semblance of game plan is completely gone, repeat.