Yes. Petra's making the same mistakes today (poor ROS; serving; moving forward, etc.) that she made in 2013+ when her downward spiral at majors started till now with a few exceptions. You would have thought she finally overcame that with the [recent nemesis] Maria Sakkari match. In that one, she played so poorly as he's done many times in majors against "lesser opponents," where Petra's inexplicably more nervous than them. However she managed to overcome her early dreadful play there for the unexpected comeback win. So, one would have thought that victory could have "set her free" and her game for the rest of the tournament. Nonetheless, it was for naught against Barty, which was certainly winnable, particularly in the first set-obviously.Yes, we all for sure agree that after that horrible accident, we're fortunate that Petra is even playing tennis again.
But as a long time fan who has been following her for so many years now, I also know that Petra's main motivation to play at this point is to win more slams. She knows she's not getting any younger and she def wants to have family, kids, etc.
Petra has put a lot of work off the court to refine her game and improve her fitness, but I just think if she doesn't win a slam this year - I'm not sure how much more motivated she'll be to continue. Right now, it's clear to me that it has nothing to do w/ her physical game. Her physical game falls apart because of where she is mentally on the court. I actually think she needs to hire a new mental coach/sports psychologist or something of that sort.
I mean, she wants to stay aggressive on her serve and return, but that strategy is going against her when she's feeling the nerves or she's feeling uncomfortable by her opponent - we saw this in so many matches last year including the AO final against Osaka and we saw this again against Barty in the QF this year. I actually think she needs to go back to basics and just play high % tennis - get that 2nd serve in so you don't commit a DF...get that return in play so you're at least still in the point. By hitting DFs and returns out of play, she is literally giving away games to her opponent in these big matches.
Again, I'm just not sure how much longer she's willing to play if she doesn't win a slam this year.
Great point. And we certainly understand what you're saying.is it correct to expect something from petra after all the unfortunate traumas she has experienced? her comeback is literally a miracle and a gift and i am trying to enjoy every moment of her tennis without expectation.