Caro made it to the 4th round of Wimbledon last year and the 4th round of the Australian Open this year. She has also made the semifinals of the YEC and the final of Madrid.
Caro has achieved all her objectives: world #2, celebrity, juicy endorsement contracts, at a tender age of 19. That's actually astounding. Not many women can do that.
The problem is, she has to decide which way to go now. To continue improve, struggle, and strive for the ultimate and face the consequences of possible failure? Or to calculate and pick up points/photo shots here and there to maintain certain standings?
She lost to Kim in last year's USO final. I didn't blame her. I rooted for her. She tried, but Kim played at a level beyond what she could match. I was still happy for her, despite Protess didn't agree
I don't care what other people say, IMHO, Caro isn't at the top of her game yet. She is not (yet) as good as the "elite" players like Serena, Justin, Kim... etc. But she has room for improvement and we all hope she can keep improving. Maybe one day she can match up with them. Maybe one day she can beat a Williams/Belgian or in-form TOB to win a slam. I'd certainly hope so.
Fast forward a few months, amid all the celebrity talks, she went into IW finals, played with a lay-back style and (as if) hope for opponent give her the crown. That ain't gonna happen--that's a championship match. No, she can't blame nervousness. That was her privilege at her first ever Slam final last year. IMHO, at times, she has to learn to give all she has, go all out, win or lose, for the reward. This is sports, not chess. That happens, I'll surely be rooting, win or lose doesn't matter (well it matters, actually, but I'd still be delighted.)