(partly google translated)
Caroline isn't finished. But she needs to do something.
Two observers of the sport of tennis calls for new thinking in the Wozniacki camp, to allow Danish tennis player to regain balance in her life.
Caroline Wozniacki's defeat in the first round in Rome was the fourth in a row. That has not happened since 2007, and in general Wozniacki's stats right now are sad readings if you want to see the Dane back at the no. 1 spot she held for 67 weeks until 29 January 2012.
Is Denmark's best tennis player already finished at the top? Two observers of tennis that BT have spoken with, agree that something must be done with Wozniackis tennis carrer.
- I think it is over for the concept we've seen until now, ie. her trainer setup and style of play and the carefree working hard attitude. It is obviously not working, says Anders Haahr Rasmussen, tennis commentator on Eurosport and author of the book 'One ball at a time' about Caroline Wozniacki.
- The balance she used to have in her life, her game, and career, isn't there anymore. It seems like she is struggling to find that balance again, he says, and draws a parallel with the former Swedish champion Mats Wilander, who won the 1980 French Open at age 17.
- Then he was away for a few years but came back and won everything after he had been away trying to find out what else life might have to offer besides tennis. His return needed him to find a new way to place tennis in relation to all other things that had come into his life. And it seems like this is the struggle that is going on right now for Wozniacki, suggests Anders Haahr Rasmussen.
Christian W. Larsen, a former tennis coach, elite player and sports editor at the paper Det Fri Aktuelt, also follows tennis and believes Wozniacki needs a period during which she only practices to improve her game.
- She needs to find out if she really wants this? And if she wants, she must take at least six months off and find out what she needs to improve. Then she'll have to deal with the sponsors, whether they pay half salary or nothing at all, says Christian W. Larsen, who denies that Caroline Wozniacki at only 22 years old is finished.
According to both observers though, we can forget about seeing her at no. 1 again. But it is good enough where she is now.
- The competition is getting tougher every year. There are a number of American girls coming up, and of course there are Russians and Asians. There's a new level of competition in tennis every 2nd year, says Christian W. Larsen
- I think it is ridiculous to talk about number one in the world and Grand Slam victories. It's not good to have such goals as a benchmarks for success or failure. Everything else must work. Whether she is number five, seven or nine in average over a ten year period doesn't matter. But she belongs somwhere in that range, he adds.
- Being a top 10 player fits her level, and she still has a game that allows her to go far in some tournaments and win. The most disappointing is the way she loses. It is disappointing to see how she plays tennis, and how her development has stalled, says Anders Haahr Rasmussen.