Yeah, Caro, Kim and Vera were 1, 2, 3 late 2010, early 2011
Now they're all out of the top 10. And none are holding a title
I guess its a natural turnover, like Jankovic, Ivanovic, Safina doing well in 2008.
Very few can stay near the top over a long period of time
There's nothing 'natural' about it if you're implying that it's inevitable.Though I'm sad to say it,Dinara was always fragile,even in her better days,so there's nothing remarkably odd about her descent.I'll spare posters here any long Ana discourse,and you can save yourself time by going to her forum where even long-term fans will tell you how pathetically immature and shallow she is...a NON-champion in every sense of the word.Kim was limited by plain-old injuries plus her desire for an abbreviated stretch due to her motherhood ambitions.As for Vera and JJ,one of them never reached the top,really,and the other had a brief cup of coffee there.Both had styles of play that forced them to be nearly perfect if they wanted to move from being in the Top 5 to actually challenging the legends,and we all know that it's hard to sustain that level of flawlessness over the long haul.Players can have fluke SEASONS just as there fluke victories;there are decent players who put forth an aberration where they score 20 goals and don't exceed 5 in any other season of their careers.In the same way,you not only have Ivanovic's 12-month fluke from Spring 2007 to Spring 2008...there was also that period from mid 2005 to mid 2006 when Petrova was beating everyone and rose to #3 in the world
What makes Caro different from the gals above...save for Kim who really IS a super player...is that she truly HAD the potential to keep it going and she did so much longer than some of the joke #1's who stood in stark contrast to stronger,more legit ones(I'm sorry,Dinarik
).Of all posters,YOU should know cuz you discussed Caroline's struggles so much.Her problems stemmed largely from the facts that she waited too long to diversify her counterpuncher game(in the meantime,she lost some close matches at major events b/c she lacked that extra weapon to finish off key points vs. tough foes who wouldn't make an UE with the match on the line).When she finally decided to be more aggressive,she OVERcompensated by ballbashing and making a rash break from her previous style.Partly by not phasing in changes over a long period as she should have,she rarely felt comfortable with those bashing tendencies and she just couldn't adjust.
Caro will have the rest of THIS season plus the offseason to do some better planning;as you've hinted at often,it's gonna depend on Caro's attitude and fire more than it will her talent
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Congrats on Number Three, Kim! We need more of you
in this world
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