Originally Posted by postalblowfish
This forum should be able to deal with people at different ends of the spectrum as regards Woz-related optimism. People from within the forum calling others a troll is the sort of fragmentary approach that we could really do without, esp. given the number of intrusions into the forum from those who aren't Wozniacki fans.
It has nothing to do with levels of optimism, It's about objective well thought out opinion as opposed to posting hyperbole for reaction. The latter IS for effect and fits the given definition well. It's entirely divisive and self indulgent irrespective of whether its complementary or not. You, as a keen admirer of and student of high quality troll technique know this all to well.
I can understand why there's friction here.
Caroline was #1 this year. Its still only May. They've only played 1 major in 2012.
It was a quick dropoff, and I think we are all still trying to understand if this is her game now, and where her fututre will go.
Its hard to be objective without another Caroline fan saying you're too negative
Objective, (even if pessimistic) well thought out analysis is fine... It's the subjective mob raising posts that are questionable, and "I'm entitled to my opinion" is not an acceptable defence in our society as a whole, and even less so on a small internet forum. There are a couple of posters that have been regularly divisive since joining this section, and they are fully aware of that fact.
N.B. Singling out your post does not indicate a belief that you are in any way one of those posters... While your posts are sometimes bitter and hard to swallow, they are well reasoned and grounded, and almost always worth reading and informative.
Moving on (and yes that means i'm not going to discuss the above further)...
Caroline and her game... Sport evolves, and it's entirely possible that Caro's game has gone the way of the sweeper system as some have suggested, however, as you point out, the season is young, and we have seen signs that the team has recognised some issues, and is actively addressing them (such as the service issues you have pointed out).
Personally I think Caro is in the process of understanding her own earlier success, and like many players of similar traits will grow into a more polished, and smarter performer on court. That she has a huge but not fully developed talent base to grow from isn't up for dispute. She may not be a classic in terms of pure tennis bionics, but she has buckets of the other key ingredients needed to succeed, and technique can be learned.
A few people mentioned the racquet change. I think it has had an effect, but in a more subtle way than mentioned. It's no secret that I think her natural and instinctive weapons suffered with the switch (her BH reliability), and the "play her forehand" myth is equally attributable to a breakdown from restructuring the stroke with Sven, as it is to reliability issues from a switch. I don't think the switch helped her game, however, I don't think its a permanent obstacle either. At the end of the day, if spin isn't doing the damage it used to, and more spin isn't increasing the damage, then perhaps a return to less spin (and for disruptive variety purposes) in favour of a little more pop wouldn't hurt. I assume that Yonex are fully capable of supplying a stick with a balance between speed ingesting spin and a random unguided rocket launcher? Perhaps the Yonex hasn't demanded the the precision and discipline that the old stick required, leaving a slow erosion of consistency a possibility. She has also stated herself that certain aspects of her stroke repertoire were neglected under the old training scheme.
I have no expectations for the clay season. It's not her ideal surface, slower acceleration and cross court speed, no natural sliding feel... however, If she plays smart tennis, can control the play, and bring her anticipation into play, she has as good a chance as any of the favourite players. One achilles heal we have seen so far is her return of service. Madrid looked very advantageous toward good service, with returning off clay being much harder reaction timing wise. Perhaps she needs to take more considered and offensive gambles with service return positioning, forcing the server to go for more difficulty, or maybe a more defensive one using effective junk to counteract and neutralise? Either way luck will play a part here. I won't be surprised if she wins the FO, nor will I be terribly disappointed if she bombs out early considering the nature of the surface.