Re: In what way Myskina was better than Caro???
Voted for the third option.
Wozniacka is definitely more consistent and mentally stronger, and if I may say, more reliable technique on her groundstrokes. Myskina, IIRC, had a pretty flashy game that was less reliant on spin and more reliant on change of pace and quick sudden flat shots. (Wozniacka always takes the ball late; Myskina had the ability to take the ball late or early, depending on the situation.)
She didn't really have stable rally strokes - while she did fairly well in long rallies, she usually threw up loops and junk and relied on her superb movement and excellent anticipation skills to get away with those kinds of shots. Unlike Wozniacka, who is capable of rallying all day without missing and has superior weight of shot, Myskina had to take a more opportunistic approach. I don't think she took on any rally with the intent of waiting for an error to come. Usually she was looking for her opponent to drop a ball short, or to work themselves out of position, so that she can take charge and move forward.
The reason Myskina has a slam and Wozniacka doesn't is because she is capable of a higher peak level of play. Granted 2004 was a soft draw, and that Demented in a slam final is almost a bye, but it's not a given that Caro would have gotten past Venus and especially Capriati, both of whom Myskina completely outplayed.
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.
Last edited by moby; Feb 15th, 2012 at 06:20 AM.