The obsession of many posters with slams is a very worrying thing for tennis as a whole I think. For example: "Stosur has won a slam" - and with that one argument the case is closed as far as most people is concerned in that Sam vs Caro poll. Just one example of a countless number that demonstrates the contempt of many tennis fans for anything other than slams. It really has nothing to do with Woz - that contempt shines through in threads that have nothing to do with her just as much.
As far as any poll regarding Caroline vs. whoever I have always maintained that it is silly to compare a 21 year old Caroline with a 27 year old Stosur, a 29 year old Li or a 30 year old Schiavone. Seems to me that it would make sense to wait until her career is over before comparing Caroline with other players, especially players that are five plus years older than her.
In general, I agree with you but the slams are
the most important events. Caroline can win New Haven ten times in a row but if she fails to win a slam no one but her hardcore fans are going to care. Every player wants to win a slam and the very best up their games and try to play their very best at the slams. As of this writing I think there is some validity in the complaint that Caroline is not putting as much emphasis on the slams as she should be. Few would disagree that her clay schedule was too heavy and that Copenhagen was not ideal preparation for Wimbledon. Getting a clay title in Brussels was nice but might that week have been better spent resting? After making a final in 2009 and a semi-final in 2010 it must have been a nice feeling to win in Charleston but does playing on that mutant surface do her game any good heading into the European clay season? I can only speak for myself but I think that Caroline has won enough of the smaller tournaments, I think it is time for her do do her best on the biggest stages. That does not mean that she must win a slam in 2012 but I would like to see her go deeper at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and to see more fight from her when/if she does lose.
For me I have seen her win enough small events with weak fields, I want to see her competing in the bigger events (and that doesn't just mean the slams) that feature most of the top twenty. I see her career as a ladder. The premier events, of which she has won plenty, are the bottom. The mandatories and premier 5's are the middle, she has done well at these over the last year. Then we have the slams which are the top of the ladder. Despite making two semi-finals over the last year her results at the slams, especially considering that pesky "1" next to her name, have been slightly disappointing. It appears to me that she is using the premiers to peak for the mandatories and premier 5's. I would like to see her use the mandatories and premier 5's as a way to peak at the slams and to not worry as much about winning the premier's. We will have to wait and see how she does in 2012 but it seems to me that she is somewhat stalled at the middle stage of the ladder and she needs to have a breakthrough where she can start making semi-finals and finals at the slams on a more regular basis. I am sure that many of you will disagree with me but the fact that she has not made a slam final over the last two years is a big disappointment to me.