Jo Konta has admitted that an element of burnout was involved in the late season slide that saw her miss out again on the women's equivalent of this week' s ATP Finals.
The British No 1 was again edged out on the elite field of eight in Singapore by just one place, having looked a near certainty before losing four straight matches, beginning at the US Open.
Despite having had what was, overall, a highly creditable season in finishing ninth, she then split with coach Wim Fissette.
Jo Konta in action during a 'Battle of the Sexes' clash with Pat Cash on Friday
The pair had a light-hearted hit on the court at London's Westfield shopping centre
In the past month she has had a break spent largely at home in London to reflect on a year whose highlights included making the Wimbledon semi-finals, and winning the prestigious Miami Open.
The unforeseen subsidence may have been a reaction to the strains of the grass court season, which turned out to be the high water mark.
'There's always going to be multiple factors and I think it was combination of burning out a little bit and not finding the right balance of rest and training,' she told Sportsmail.
'It's always an accumulation of things - this was a season when I experienced a lot of things I hadn't done before.
'It was my first season starting as a top 10 player and with that comes more responsibility and more strains on your time and that's an adaptation process for anyone. I felt I did the best I could and next season I will try and do better with handling everything.
Former British No 1 Greg Rusedski poses with the pair ahead of their match
'It was the first time I had really gone through something like that and I don't want to read into it anything more than I have to. It's a great thing from me to learn from.
'I'm trying to take my whole season as a whole, looking at the good and the difficult periods.'
Earlier accomplishments faded into the memory as a late surge from France's Caroline Garcia saw her grab the last available spot for Singapore, denying Konta becoming the first British player in 33 years to make the event.
'At that time I was more focussed on my body and myself,' said Konta, who