What's your favorite match that Caroline has played to date?
I have seen alot of her matches but wanted to know whether there was a special gem that I had missed and plus I'm just curious to know everyone's opinion
Even though she lost to Sharapova in that Rome SF, it's still one of the more enjoyable matches I've watched with Woz. I wasn't even that angry that she lost it.
And the first time she beat JJ, just because she finally did it.
And of course the Pennetta match.
I disagree with you in that one. Woz got back into lost match thanks to hanging in there. Sveta said that herself that she was under a lot of pressure since Woz got a lot of balls back. I think this is slighly similar to the AO against Francesca.
USO vs. Sharapova (for obvious reasons)
Doha vs. Clijsters (even though she lost..great fight)
Dubai vs Kuznetsova (very strong performance)
Doha vs Pennetta (even stronger performance...maybe her best)
Indian Wells vs Bartoli (winning her biggest title to date)
USO vs Kuznetsova (winning big match from behind and not fading away)
I must admit that I haven't seen many of her matches pre-2010 except for of course the US Open 09 final against Kim.
Thanks s_dreamer82 for sharing your faves...I'm gonna look for the matches you have listed that I haven't seen yet. I'm sure it's a good guideline
thanks to everyone for their replies!
I haven't actually seen that many Caro matches - nowhere near as many as would want to. And once I know the result - I really don't watch the whole match again days later (although I like seeing a few highlights).
So of the matches I actually watched (I didn't see her Doha match against Pennetta):
This year 2011 - I liked and watched the IW Final win vs Cake.
Last year 2010 - the Roger's Cup win against Fran (and her rain delayed win vs Sveta).
2009 - USO win against Sveta of course.
2008 - I was at Eastbourne and saw Caro beat the overwhelming favourite and #1 seed there 6:2,6:2 (poor Sveta again ). That was the very first time I'd seen Caro play.
I need to work my way through some of the mentioned matches here. I checked for the USO 09 vs Kuzzy but didn't see it on youtube Also couldn't find Doha vs. Vika but did watch a great highlights vid of Doha vs. Vera(definitely a warrior in that match)
That's so cool that some of you have seen Wozniacki play in person. Still have yet to do that but someday.
For personal reasons, in 2011 it has to be her Miami match versus BMS. Not because of the match, it was rather awful. It was however, the first time I got to see Caro play in person and that memory will stick with me for a LONG time
The match in 2011 that I really like that hasn't been mentioned yet was the one versus Petkovic in Stuttgart. Caro had just played her worst match of the season to date in Miami and was down BIG (1-4 0-40 I believe) and completely turned the match around, not to mention her questionable fitness program being done right along with this tournament. Thought it was big for Caro to get her revenge at that time even though she wound up losing in the final.
I would say YEC 2010 vs Schiavone. Caroline was close to not making the semis, and she played really well in the 2nd & 3rd sets. She continued that and was close to winning the tournament.
Especially early in the 3rd set, I think the 2-1 game. Fran was playing well and Caroline stepped up and took the match with very good play.
I also liked her comeback match againt Petkovic in Stuttgart this spring.
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Most of my favorite matches have already been described by others but Rogers Cup 10 vs. Schiavone has only been listed, not described. That match is special to me because it was the first time I saw Caro play a match at a truly high and consistent level. She'd had great wins before but they were often up and down matches where she wore her opponent down in the end (Kuznetsova USO 09 and Zvonareva Doha 09 being examples). The Schiavone match was the first time I saw Caro being both agressive and solid from beginning to end and simply outclass a high ranked, well-playing opponent. Fran didn't play bad at all in the match, Caro was just on another level.
The match is also special because it signalled a new level in Caro's game which she maintaned almost unbroken from Summer 10 to the end of Spring 11 HC season.
There's a video with highlights from the match on Youtube (not great quality, unfortunately). The female commentator sums up the match with the words: "Very clean, total control with great agression". I couldn't have said it better myself. :-)