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When will Caroline Wozniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

Despite worldwide condemnation on her playing style, Caroline Pushniacki still insists on pushing in matches. In her AO semifinal against Li Na, she was 2 times a break up in the 2nd set and was in winning position but pushed. Eventually, Li won 3-6,7-5,6-3. Her pushing was evident in the 3rd set whereby she had 0 winners. So now the question here is: will Pushniacki ever learn that such a style of play will not win her majors? And if she does wake up, when will it be? Will it be too late?

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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

Wonder what her press conference will be like. This one is going to sting no matter what front she puts up.
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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

She had a number of opportunities to put a ball away with her forehand, but hit a high ball instead. These kind of decisions will hurt her in the future as well. Relying on other people's mistakes should not be a strategy.
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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

I'm not even a big fan of hers but that was tough.
I just don't understand it.
Even Murray goes for his shots when need be.
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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

I don't know, I actually think she's improving, but against players like Li Na she will always look like a pusher because of how aggressive these players are. Of course there's still a lot of room for her to improve, though, it's just not really her nature to go for winners, I guess.
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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

She won't.
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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

The bridesmaid in your avatar should learn also.
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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

Caro did (accidentally?) ripped one forehand crosscourt in th first or second set that blasted past Na. But like I said it looked almost accidental, so I'm not convinced that right now Caro can hit such hard yet accurate shots at will even if she wants to.
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I don't know, I actually think she's improving, but against players like Li Na she will always look like a pusher because of how aggressive these players are. Of course there's still a lot of room for her to improve, though, it's just not really her nature to go for winners, I guess.
Yes you have a point on Li's aggressive style, but 0 winners in a set is really too extreme and no way anyone is gonna win a match playing like that.

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Caro might feel bad she lost with a match point, but this match was all Caro until she was broken at 54, otherwise its a routine 63 64 win.

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she had matchpoint, so she's not far

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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

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The bridesmaid in your avatar should learn also.
I think Vera does a better job with shorter balls and hits bigger when in good position. Caro, on the other hand, is patiently staying back the whole time and just puts the ball back in court.
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The bridesmaid in your avatar should learn also.
At least she doesn't hit 0 winners in a set. She attacks when needed.

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Pushniacki will remain slamless and never return to the top 5
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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

Caro actually didn't push much in the first two sets. She was taking the ball earlier than usual and hit it away from Li, also she hit some nice counter-punch winners. But she reverted back to her usual game, which is to hit deep but conservative. It works against many players, but doesn't work against Li, since her shots have such penetration. In fact against Na Li you may want to hit short balls, as she is prone to over-hit them. Li is a bad matchup for Caro...

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Re: When will Caroline Pushniacki learn that pushing will not make the cut?

I think deep down she knows this already.
It's just hard to play against your instinctive style in tight points and matches.

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