Originally Posted by BodyElectric.
Lost 36 63 64 to Date-Krumm
Do you think she should play done 50K/100K ITFs? Her confidence is at an all time low right now. She's losing all these tough threes setters. She has Osaka points to defend.
I still think Jeremy Bates isn't the right coach for her. Three setters used to be Heathers strength. She would grind out so many tough three sets and win them.
I don't think it's a physical problem, it's more mental than anything. She doesn't believe she can win, when it gets tough anymore.
Maybe Heather should swallow her pride and drop down to some low ranking tournaments where she can maybe put together a few wins and rebuild her game. Playing 1 match a week or fortnight is no good for anyone, fully fit or otherwise.
If she persists in the WTA tournaments and keeps losing in the first round, she will drop down to the ITF circuit soon anyway. There is no real confidence that Heather can even make it through the qualifying rounds of the bigger events so a period with regular competitive matches might do a lot more more good than the extended practice sessions that must make up a large part of Heather's current schedule.