Tennis legend Martina Navratilova says Samantha Stosur needs to relax to save her Australian summer.
Martina Hingis says it's not surprising Stosur is struggling physically so soon after undergoing minor ankle surgery in November.
The trouble is, Stosur says she already feels relaxed and has no issues with her ankle.
Something, though, is amiss and Stosur has less than a week to get her game in order before the Australian Open gets underway on Monday.
While Stosur accepts she was "underdone" in her first-round loss in Brisbane last week, Australia's only Open seed and world No.9 insisted she wasn't far away in her three-set first-round loss to Jie Zheng in Sydney on Monday.
"I feel a lot more sure about myself," Stosur said.
"I don't feel that huge amount of frustration or weight on my shoulders or anything like that. I have to say I feel really good out there.
"I couldn't have said that last year here at this point. I do feel like I'm handling it better. I don't feel the same kind of overwhelming stress being out on court.
"It's just a matter of trying to play better."
Navratilova believes Stosur's troubles are a combination of her rivals no longer fearing her power-serving game and the 28-year-old not being able to execute on the big points.
"She has got a risky game," said the former world No.1.
"It should be safer than it is.
"But when she gets a little nervous, she just hasn't been able to put it together.
"And I think the girls now are onto her serve, they kind of know what is coming and they have gotten used to it so it's not as much of a surprise.
"She has got the skills. If she can just relax and perhaps lower the expectations, take the pressure off - but it's tricky.
"I know when I played and the crowd was really on my side, it was almost counter-productive because you miss a shot and you're already disappointed and the crowd goes 'ahhh' and it just exponentially gets worse.
"You feel the pressure so much more because the crowd wants her to do so well.
"But hopefully she can shake some of it off and play the kind of tennis she is capable of."
At times in her loss to Jie - herself no mug having reached the Australian Open and Wimbledon semi-finals - Stosur appeared unable to fully commit to some shots - something Hingis said was normal given the Australian's circumstances.
"She also had some ankle surgery so it's not so easy. I had a couple of those myself and sometimes you just hold back when actually you should just run further and stretch further," Hingis said.
"I think it's very difficult when you don't feel 100 per cent physically to produce your best tennis.
"You can train as much as you want but, in a match, it's a little bit different. You can't hold back in today's tennis anymore."
But Stosur is refusing to offer excuses.
"Look, to be honest, my ankle feels good at the moment," she said.
"Physically ... I still felt like I was up to it."