The 4 players who won slams played a lot of mediocre tennis for months and months in 2011. So did Vika, Maria, Aga and everyone else you can think of. Kim was injured, and didnt do much after Paris indoors
Caroline went 24-2 in 26 matches from the start of AO until she lost in Miami. Not quite what Vika did this year, but still pretty good, then she won Charleston, final Stuttgart, semi Rome, won Brussels.
She played a ton of good tennis and thats why she was #1 for 51 weeks.Thats much harder to do than winning a major. No one else did it since Graf.
Of course I want Caroline to win majors also. She will have years to do it
Oh, I completely agree. There was no alternative to Caroline, no one else could fairly be described as being the "real" number one. Some people tried to claim that Petra deserved it but if that was true she would have been number one. She had very mixed results after Wimbledon and had several chances (Toronto, Cincinnati, U.S. Open, Beijing) to have deep runs and grab the top spot but she was unable to do it. This year she did have a deep run at the Australian Open but other than that she has been disappointing and may have missed her chance. Surely if she was the "real" number one her ranking would reflect that. That's why I said that 2011 was a very strange year. You had a number one that could not make a slam final and slam winners that wilted after they won their slams, a trend that continued into 2012 with Sam's early exit at the Australian Open. Fortunately it appears that Viktoria has reversed that unfortunate trend.
I'm not necessarily saying that I agree but I can certainly understand why some people found Caroline to be the biggest disappointment of 2011. She was number one for the entire year (well, fifty-one weeks) yet she failed to win a slam, failed to even make a slam final, only won a single really big title (Indian Wells) and had a very poor second half of the year. For a player that was number one for virtually the entire year she did not win many big titles and had few wins over the top players. Sure, she had the most wins but look at the players she was defeating. Is it really impressive for her to defeat Elena Vesnina, Shuai Peng, Lucie Safarova and Petra Cetkovska to win four of her six titles?
Think of it this way, imagine a player with similar titles as Caroline had in 2011 gaining the top ranking in the ATP. Would that player be heavily criticised for not being deserving of the top spot? Of course he would be! Why should the women be held to a different standard?
I'm a fan, I like Caroline and I am definitely pulling for her to get back to the top but I want to see her start winning big titles and beating the best players, something she has not done for over a year now. She hasn't been playing like one of the best players on the tour for quite a while now and I think it is fair that she faces some criticism for that.