Both defensive players who hit with heavy topspin
Both were number 2 in the world, Wozniacki now, Conchita in 1995
(If Seles had not been stabbed Conchita would have been 3)
Caroline obviously has a better topspin backhand than Conchita, whose backhand was most of the time slice, and excessively loopy when she tried to hit topspin.
Caroline is also faster
But Conchita had a much better forehand, the second best forehand after Graf in her time, which allowed her to play from time to time quite aggressively. Wozniacki just can't be very aggressive with anything.
Conchita also had more variety,
So, what do you think?
What a fascinating question - something I've never thought about.
The first response was correct, Conchita had a tremendous forehand when she decided to use it. To me, Conchita played a similar way to Gabriela Sabatini and Amelie Mauresmo, however, both Amelie and Gabriela were more athletic and had better topspin backhands to go with their slice shots. Conchita did have a lot of variety in her game and like Arantxa Sanchez was always prepared to take the net due to lots of doubles experience.
I'm fascinated (actually not sure that's the right word) by the new breed of Tennis player. In the past, counter punchers and "pushers" (horrible word!!!) were usually shorter and had less power or reach for hitting those big serves - players like Arantxa Sanchez, Michael Chang and Lleyton Hewitt made the most of what they had and still played tremendous Tennis and made great results.
In the last three years a new type of player has come through. In the mens game you have Gael Monfils and Andy Murray who are both 6 ft 3 inches (1 metre 90?) and yet you have Monfils standing by the fence running down everything and "pushing" the ball all over the place, contributing to his own injuries by not playing efficiently. And in the womens game you have Wozniacki who's also tall and also playing a similar way. Andy Murray's passive play is the sole reason why he hasn't won a Grand Slam tournament yet (will he win one?) Andy has so many shots and yet plays so many soft shots (I’ve seen him twice and was surprised and disappointed).
So its strange to see taller players playing a counter puncher style when they have the physical gifts to play more aggressive. I wonder if this trend will continue?