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Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Nothing tests your mentality more than playing on the bigstage for a big title. Vika actually managed to win a huge title like Miami and played really well against Venus in the dubai Final. Where as Caro has lost all the three big finals that she has played, and apart from the first set in USO Final, she hasnt managed to make any impression at all.

I think it takes more guts to come out firing in the finals of big tournaments and Vika has done it better than caro. Why is Caro still considered the Mental Goat of the younger generation?

Plus personally, I think it is harder to stay mentally strong when you are the aggressive one as compared to just putting the balls in play.


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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Because Vika can have a huge lead and eventually self-destruct? *cough4-0upinthesecondsetafterwinningthefirstcough*

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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Wozniacki got into a slam final. It was a freak, beating Oudin and Wickmayer. But still was in a slam final.
Both of them play better when not playing a big match. That is true for most of the tour.

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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

I didn't until this week. Actually I'm not sure yet...this would have been the week to step up and take charge. Did she buckle under expectations...or did she just play a bad match...we will see how the Miami defense goes.
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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Serena was injured in that final so Vika got a lot of help there in winning that match. It took Vika 5 finals before she manage to win one, all MM: IV, IV, III, IV, III/International.


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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Azarenka has less luck

That is all the difference between Wozniacki and Azarenka
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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Mental toughness is a matter of doing what you're trying to do. Wozniacki doesn't go off the rails as often as Azarenka.

BTW, Wozniacki does, against most players, do a lot more than just hit the back. Against light hitters (like herself) Wozniacki has a very varied game. She's fun to watch. Against erratic big hitters, she wins easily because they make a lot of errors. Her problem is that when she's up against the fastest of the hard hitters. She can't get into her offense, cause the ball is going too fast. But she doesn't fail to execute. What she's trying to do just isn't good enough sometimes.

Azarenka fails to execute. Look at her loss in this tournament.

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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Vika gets pretty worked up and upset, and it really affects her tennis level. Caro, sure she is no ice-cold veined competitor. It showed in this match that she can lose it too. But I just think she has a better ability to shrug it off from point to point.
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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Because everytime she plays a Slam QF, she destroys the top player she's facing in the 1st set and manage to drop to a I'm-a-75-years-old-grandma level after that.
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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Vika is obviously much more talented player, she's just not blessed with calm attitude and mental strenght unfortunately...this huge weakness cost her plenty of big wins and titles so far - let's see if she's capable of overcoming her frailties
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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

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The tournament where Vika played her heart out but fell short when the 5 time champion raised her game to levels not many can reach? Caro couldnt even keep up with Na Li


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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Did you watch their YEC match?
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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Because unlike the WOZ, Azarenka has a say in the outcome of her matches....

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Re: Why do people think Vika is mentally weaker than Caro?

Perception has something to do with it. Wozniacki has been in a slam final, so that is a huge plus for her. But legends are made by beating the Williams sisters. Azarenka is 1-6 against them, but 4 of the meetings were at a slam(3 AO, 1 Wimby), plus the Olympics and Azarenka lost them all. The only win was Miami. On the other hand, Wozniacki is 0-6 vs the Williams sisters and has never faced them in a slam.
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