The Enigma of Caro Haters
Ever since I joined this board I’ve been constantly astonished at the hatred and animus directed by what seems like a majority of members on this board towards Caroline Wozniacki. Why one time in a thread I saw one poster proclaim with evident pride that he/she was a Caro hater long before it became fashionable to be one. (BTW I have to say he/she as I can no longer recall the moniker of this disdainful member)
Surely there is no denying that Caroline Wozniacki is an attractive person, with a winning public persona and is very successful at her sport; and yet she seems to be reviled by apparently as I said a majority on this board. But it is not only this board that does not respect her but it is the tennis establishment as well. Typically, I recall one match in this year’s AO (possibly the first match against a lamentable opponent-whose identity, I’m too lazy to look up and ascertain) where Chris Evert went on and on pointing out the deficiencies in Caro’s game. Even Chris became eventually aware that she was going overboard on her negativity as she had to sheepishly acknowledge that Caro was having no problem in this match and was winning handily.
The disdain by the expert television tennis commentators for Caro was very evident this week in her two matches against Serena and Maria. You could sense that in the Serena match there was high expectation for Serena to prevail to set up a highly anticipated Maria and Serena confrontation. (On this board in the prediction thread; I believe that over 80% of the respondents expected Serena to prevail).
During this match, there was virtually no comment lauding any of the points won by Caro. Yes I know Serena hit a ton of UEs traditionally leaving little scope for praise, but I maintain most of those UEs were as a result of Caro returning balls that would have been winners against most players on the tour. Rarely was one of Serena’s UE a real gift to Caro. Much was made that Serena played poorly but I did not see that. Caro simply won because she was the better player.
Now in the Maria match, there was no such a prior consensus that Maria would automatically prevail. I guess most commentators would recall Caro’s convincing wins against Maria in the ’10 USO and ’11 IW, and hence the prior unpredictability. Still there was the feeling that the match was on Maria’s racquet. And Maria did play well and ergo won the match. Still though it was a three setter; a very close match. Again no one noticed Caro’s grit in that she was behind two service breaks in each set and still made a contest of it.
I truly think the Maria match together with the Serena match should put paid to the notion that Caro cannot win a slam. The knock against Caro is that she will not win a slam because power players like those two would blow her out of the court. As the Maria match proves Caro is difficult to defeat even when holding a two service breaks advantage. I would also like to point out that Caro was career victories against every current slam title holder. I’m convinced by this time next year Caro will have a slam victory under her belt; most likely either the USO or the AO.
One final thing for you Caro haters to ponder: when I started to watch the Caro-Serena match a factoid was revealed that I had not previously been aware of. Caro’s 67 weeks as No 1 is more than half the total of Serena’s time as No 1 of 123 weeks. And Serena has been year-end No 1 twice- a total ready matched by Caro. Of course this is probably an apples to oranges argument and I am not suggesting Caro is in Serena’s league- certainly not yet. Still this does suggest that Caro is not a schlep that you haters make her out to be.