Before I start, the following opening comment will mention Caroline Wozniacki. If all you want to do is call her "Dullniacki" or "Pushniacki" and sneer or, on the other hand say "haters gonna hate" and post a silly gif then please do it somewhere else. This thread is not about Caro, though it will mention her as an example.
One thing has puzzled me for a over a year now. How did a player with a weak forehand and an excellent backhand avoid being targeted on her weaker wing for long enough to spend over a year (minus a week) at #1?
Did she skilfully manipulate the rallies to avoid being pinned on the forehand wing? If so, then how come a player like McHale was able to manage it?
Did other players simply not notice that her forehand is so much weaker than her backhand? If so, what are these girls paying their coaches for?
Did other players know about the disparity but choose to hit to her backhand anyway because they felt generally more comfortable playing crosscourt backhand rallies? In other words, did players know that her own forehands were better than Caro's but still prefer to rally crosscourt to Caro's backhand because their own backhands, though weaker than Caro's, were better than their forehands. Do most WTA players play to their own strengths, regardless of their opponents strengths and weaknesses?
Or was it a combination of the above?
I find it curious that it was principally players ranked outside the top 20 who started to target Caro's forehand in the latter half of the year. I think that supports the 3rd factor. You are less likely to back yourself to "play the way I play" when you are playing an opponent 20 or 30 places above you and are perhaps more likely to try and bust up their game.
If players are so locked into playing a certain way that they are comfortable with and unwilling to try something else in order to target an opponent's weaknesses, is this a fault of the players themselves or their coaches?
Whatever you think of Caroline Wozniacki, you have to credit her with this much. She knows where her opponents don't want the ball and she hits it there.