Fact is that she is unable to perform on her best level as long as she barely plays tournaments but seems like that won't change for now.
She already withdrew from the ITF in Zagreb a few days ago as well which takes place at the end of April, so only option left to play over the upcoming weeks would be Stuttgart, where she currently would be like ALT 12 or 13 or something for Q (if she is on the list at all)
We might get some more info about Lottner during the Stuttgart week at least, they always talk a lot about German tennis there with Rittner and Co, even if Toni herself won't be there.
But yeah, a retirement wouldn't surprise me at this point, her ranking is still quite good for now but that will change as well and then I am curious if she continues at all, an injury cant be the reason as well otherwise she would have made a longer break and surely apply for a PR.
Not a bad draw at all for part time player Toni
Eikeri/Lukas should be beatable for sure and Wang did not win many matches lately (especially not on clay), so maybe she can take that chance and quality but we will see how it goes, Toni is far from her best herself obviously...
Antonia loses the 2nd set, 6-3 with sloppy tennis. Her opponent is merely basic, but a solid player, not prone to mistakes. How it unfolds in the 3rd is up in the air, but I'll say it's up to Antonia to execute her game, for she's the better talent of the two.
Well.....after playing some proficient tennis for a set and the beginning of the 2nd set, Antonia went south thereafter. She self-whipped into a defeat with bad execution inside the service line, easy sitters hit wide beyond the court too numerous to mention. She was up 2-1 in the 3rd after a break, but returned the break to her opponent. Thereafter, it was just Eikeri merely playing basic tennis and allowed Antonia to hit makeable balls out by wide margins to take herself out of the match. Another instance of self-whipping......
well, needs to beat Eikeri and Moratelli to quality for a PREMIER and fails, that's as disappointing and weak as it can be, good day for the Germans in general but that's just bad from Lottner, it's understandable and clear that she cant be at her best as she barely played lately but still should be good enough to beat those players, at this point it really does not look too good for her.
Anyway, she is on the EL for some ITFs again, so let's hope that she does not withdraw again and plays regularly from now on again
Honestly, I don't see Lottner become anything big anymore. She is not improving for years, still the same weaknesses. Here and there a top 100 victory if she is lucky enough to hit the lines, but that's it. Zero progress over a couple of years. I can't see how she could make it to the top 100. She needs to go for the lines and can't go for bigger targets and set up points more patiently, she simply does not have the tools for that.
So I would argue the fact, she is a wasted talent. I think, many people simply overestimated her talent at the beginning, assuming she will be able to eliminate some of her weaknesses. So far that is not the case.
Speaking of talent: Yes, she has the talent to hit balls with an enormous speed and she can increase the speed of balls a lot. But that is not enough to make a good tennis player. She lacks other qualities of this sport, which is foot speed, touch and a good understanding what to do in which situation. And some people don't develop these qualities, no matter how hard they try. And these qualities are also talents which Lottner obviously not has. That is what I mean when I say she may not be as talented as many people (including me) thought.