Re: Danish Delight - Caroline Wozniacki thread - vol 5
There is no such thing as an undeserved title or an undeserved #1 ranking or an undeserved anything. You win and achieve anything by winning or obtaining the most points or whatever according to the rules. Tournaments are played that you have to beat the opponent you are drawn against - then the same the next round until we have a winner. If Caro or any other player wins a title in 2012 - they deserve it regardless of what other criteria some poster has dreamt up.
On a different subject of draws and this is nothing to do with your post. A player must surely just welcome any draw easy or tough - and get on with it.. A draw is a draw and you play who you have to. There's nothing to be gained by wishing for draws or being negative when it comes out. Tough and Easy draws are way overstated anyway and even themselves out over time. And what percentage of tournaments do the top 4 seeds (or the top four players with the shortest odds - if that's a better way to assess it) reach the SF anyway.
If Caro gets a tough draw - she should just welcome a chance to play a top player. If she gets an Easy draw - she should welcome a chance to beat those players and play well. A draw is a draw and that's that. I want to see Caro play better than she has most of the year and that is a constant wish that doesn't change depending on the draw she gets.
As for the thing of worrying about her draws if she were to go outside the top 8 and her seeding meaning she can play a higher ranked player earlier. That's the least of my worries. No player stays outside the top 8 because of the draws they get. If a player staysout of the top 8 - it's because they weren't playing well enough to get into the top 8 pure and simple. And it's up to them to play better and work their way back.
I do see your point but assuming that the draw is fairly weak I don't think it means much for a top ten player to win by facing no other player inside the top thirty. I don't just feel that way about Caroline either, I would say the same thing about any top ten player in an international level event. I just find it a little odd that she has decided to play that particular event. One possible motivation is desperation to win a title in 2012 as the field there will certainly be weaker than at any other event she has left this year.
I guess the opposite way to look at it is the success that Sara Errani has had on clay this year. Some people were really hyping her up as a contender at the bigger clay tournaments because she had won three titles on clay this year but those titles were all relatively small and look what happened when she played a top player in Madrid, she was destroyed 6-0 6-1.
For me Caroline has reached a level where she should be competing against the best and I find it hard to get excited at the thought of her playing small events. Copenhagen I can understand as she is key to the success of that tournament but I don't think she should be playing events like Guangzhou. To me that is taking a backward step. If it helps her to have greater success in Tokyo and Beijing I will gleefully admit that I was wrong but I feel that she should be focusing on the bigger events.
As far as her draws I think this is a rare time when we agree. "Easy" or "hard" she has to win her matches either way.
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