There is a straightforward reason for this: Wozniacki doesn’t have that one strength you fear. Don’t get me wrong; she is a fantastic player and can rally with the best of them. But then again, when the rally starts, she is at the mercy of the other player to miss or get tired and start losing more as the match goes on. Players are training harder nowadays, and everyone has improved their fitness. Caroline needs to work on a shot that allows her to dictate the point instead of always playing defense. With that said, her best chance of winning a major is on a slower surface because she’ll get more time to defend. However, her movement on clay is not the best, so that is problematic.
Wozniacki: Reasons To Consider
There are two major factors shared among all the recent #1s who have not won any Grand Slam tournaments:
– They have no significant weapons. Wozniacki, like Safina and Jankovic before her, tends to gain by being more consistent than her opponent. That’s fine for defeating the rank and file players on tour, but when it comes down to big moments in big matches, it means that she’s not in control of the outcome. A big player with big shots playing well can always take out a retriever when playing well.
– They all have questionable mental strength. While they are all consistent on a week to week basis, they don’t tend to lift their games on the big occasions. Rather, they seem to choke under pressure when facing someone who can dictate play, like Serena Williams. They are spared the abuse for much of the year, as Williams has always played a minimal schedule, but at the Slams, they have to get through her, and they all seem to tighten up when they try to do that.
– A third bonus factor: none of the women in question had big offensive serves they could rely on to win cheap points. As a result, they all had trouble holding serve under pressure and therefore had to face more pressure in big matches.
Well, She Wants To Stop Now
I’ve enjoyed following Wozniacki for several years now since she first made #1. I do get the impression that she has lost some of her interest in competitive tennis since she won the Australian Open last year and again since she has become involved with her latest romantic interest, and now husband. She has hardly won any matches since that first Major. It remains to get seen whether she will recoup her investment in playing and get back out on the court.
Caroline is a good, though not spectacular, player. With a lucky draw, she often could get deep into a tourney. And after that tended to do well in the smaller venues. She is seldom good enough to beat the top players unless they are having problems. But she is very steady and can sometimes pull through unexpectedly. She was #1 for about 14 months a decade ago without winning a Major, and finally won a Major last year in Australia and got her ranking back up for a week or so. So she is a very hard worker and has achieved some success with her journeyman-like play.