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Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

Although it's still going south for her (gotta defend Charleston title next), I recognized that Wozniacki is getting a little bit more aggressive.

Maybe she finally learned her lesson. She even started to go through her forehand once in a while against Sharapova and Williams.

And it's interesting to see that her father is encouraging her to play more aggressive! He even nodded to her when she made a mistake.

Wozniacki will never play in Williams-style (she hit 15 winners to Sharapovas 50 overall) but maybe she could improve like Sanchez-Vicario once did?

They've got a lot in common but I'm afraid that Wozniacki doesn't have the touch to play as intelligent and mix as well as Sanchez did.

Anyway! I don't think she will fall apart like Safina did after becoming # 1! She's to ambitious and she desperatly wants to win a Slam.

She's still so young and I really hope she can improve her game. Not sure if she ever will be # 1 again but she needs to change her game to stay on Top Ten level.

She seems to understand that she can win a lot of matches the way she used to play but will always lose against the first inform top player she's gonna face.
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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

I guess she learned another lesson in that Sharapova match too: Not to waste the challenges so early!

So far she probabyl has the worst record of challenges on the tour. Btw: Are there any statistics about that? :O

She was so upset in the end but she was wrong again
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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

Her style does not lend itself to aggressive ballstriking because of poor FH technique and the amount of mental energy she expends forcing herself to be aggressive. It's far easier to fall in her comfort zone and just keep theball in play. Thatdoesn't work on elite slam winning level. When up against a true offensive baseliners like Kvitova, WS, Sharapova, the match will always be on their racquet; if such players are having a positive W/UE ratio and striking the ball with conviction, she will always be overwhelmed.
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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

She's not playing aggressively that much... Her forehand is still tame.
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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

She's trying to step in more on the backhand, which is good to see. Her returning position on the second serve was almost too aggressive in that third set after Piotr came down, and that cost her a lot. On the forehand though she's still a mess. It's better than what it was before, but it's still not there. Except for those couple of games 2-5 down where she actually managed to outhit Crapova, and timed everything including the return very well and balls were landing heavy and deep at Crapova's feet.

The only way forward for her is to become a better caricature of Nadal i.e hit the forehand with consistent depth. And I'm not talking about routinely hitting the baseline, but just not giving up shanks on the service line. Then she can win slams.
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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

Well, she seemed very aggressive towards the umpire at the end, so I have to say yes.

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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

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Her style does not lend itself to aggressive ballstriking because of poor FH technique and the amount of mental energy she expends forcing herself to be aggressive. It's far easier to fall in her comfort zone and just keep theball in play. Thatdoesn't work on elite slam winning level. When up against a true offensive baseliners like Kvitova, WS, Sharapova, the match will always be on their racquet; if such players are having a positive W/UE ratio and striking the ball with conviction, she will always be overwhelmed.
People used to say the same about Arantxa Sanchez. Of course she never got a Steffi-like-forehand, but she did something with it. And she started to come to net more and more.

Would it be a good thing to play more doubles for Wozniacki???

Right now I don't see her playing like Sanchez cause she just doesn't have this variaty of shots and she still looks extremly poor at the net and playing drop-shots
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Well, she seemed very aggressive towards the umpire at the end, so I have to say yes.
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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

she always seems to play a random aggressive match every now and then. Like Hopman Cup vs. Petra, and now here vs. Serena. But then she immediately goes back to being passive in the next match.

I didn't watch her match vs. Sharapova though so I don't have a say in that.
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Re: Is Wozniacki finally playing more aggressive?

The thing is that it's very had for Wozniacki to have a positive balance between winners and unforced errors. She hits so few winners that it is almost impossible to have less errors.

That's why she needs to change her game against Top players! Although she's been # 1 for quite a while, her game is quite incomplete and she still has got a long way to go...
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she always seems to play a random aggressive match every now and then. Like Hopman Cup vs. Petra, and now here vs. Serena. But then she immediately goes back to being passive in the next match.

I didn't watch her match vs. Sharapova though so I don't have a say in that.
I don't think she was aggressive against Serena - there was no need to, but she really was aggressive against Sharapova, esp. in the last two or three games.

Well, for her standard
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The problem for Caroline is that she has an ultimatum. Learn to play agressive now and lose matches, sending her ranking south but giving her the potential to win a Grand Slam, or staying defensive, hovering around the top 10 but never really ever achieveing anything great

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People used to say the same about Arantxa Sanchez. Of course she never got a Steffi-like-forehand, but she did something with it. And she started to come to net more and more.

Would it be a good thing to play more doubles for Wozniacki???

Right now I don't see her playing like Sanchez cause she just doesn't have this variaty of shots and she still looks extremly poor at the net and playing drop-shots
ASV has variety, good at the net etc. Caro is not good at the net, bad slice, etc..What she needs to do is watch Clijsters play, especially early in her career and try to become a defensive grinder rather than pusher. Hit the ball with some purpose and work the point, look for an opportunity to put away short ball. FH needs improvements as well, it's being exploited in all of her losses - often used to reset a rally to neutral by hitting to her FH because it sits up too short and lacks huge spin..aka puffball.
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I don't think she was aggressive against Serena - there was no need to, but she really was aggressive against Sharapova, esp. in the last two or three games.

Well, for her standard
she hit 12 winners against Serena, very aggressive for her standards

especially considering she only hit 4 in their USO semi
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The problem for Caroline is that she has an ultimatum. Learn to play agressive now and lose matches, sending her ranking south but giving her the potential to win a Grand Slam, or staying defensive, hovering around the top 10 but never really ever achieveing anything great
There's no doubt Caro is becoming more aggressive. She started that process after Wimby last year but it's only really starting to show itself now. Especially on the BH side.

The process she's going through in many ways resembles that of BFF Aga, who has gradually also become a lot more offensive over the past couple of years. Neither of them will ever be considered attacking players compared to the likes of Kvitova or Serena. But the end result might just be enough for them to win a few slams.
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