Firstly between these 2 posts aren't you pretty much just posting the pundits opinion you want to believe, and then just completely rubbishing the one you don't want to believe. Davenport still has an opinion, and as sad as it may be goldenlox is right, that will be popular opinion to just lump Caroline in with Safina, Jankovic etc., as "number 1s that could never quite cut it". Whether that is correct is debateable, but there is no getting away with that is how she will be viewed.
No, the rest is just your opinion.
Secondly I don't think it is being spoilt rotten. I am sure most people are not even necessarily disappointed that Caro has dropped from #1 to #10, or her lack of titles compared to the past. What I think disappoints most people is the belief she isn't maximising her career right now. Most people when you support a player in the long run just want to see that player what they perceive to be their best, having some idea of their limitations. I imagine a large number of people think Caroline is not maximising her career right now.
I don't remember you posting here back then. What was your previous UID?
There was a distinct air of fatigue at the number of matches we were waking up to watch. Caro was playing way above expectations with a game still in developement. Intoxicating times that really brought out the many facets of the human psyche on TF, something she continues to do...
I don't get why you try to portray this image that losing is somehow a good thing, and that this decline is just ordinary in career progression.
Don't try and misrepresent what I'm saying, or suggest you know better than myself where I stand.
As far as i'm concerned, I have zero interest in reading endless hysteria about 'the end commeth' and ill informed doom and gloom, erronious comparisons, desperate cries for understanding, or gloating.
Sport and form is a many faceted and complex mix of margional variables, any of which can have an impact on results. I look at the balance and form an opinion based on what I see and understand. Caro dosent play a game like Maria, where it's either on or off, she changes her approach all the time, often on a match by match basis. I don't have all the answers, nor do I claim to have them, but I can see where her game is struggling compared to her previous standards, and that's a few margional issues together with some relative improvements undermined elsewhere.
There isn't a simple answer to her current form, and Nobody has all the answers, including Mads, but his opinion is relatively open minded, balanced, unbiased, and hugely respected, and certainly more insightful than Davenport's or anybody posting here. He also understands that what you work on in training are often new elements that you don't bring to matches. You go with a trusted set of tools, and playout changes at lesser events to test them in the wild. That sometimes results in a resigned face on the athlete, and reversion to the trusted toolset.
Her 1st serve isn't getting the effects it used too for too many reasons to type on an iPad, the 2nd serve is still far too safe, but better odds in play than in the net if you don't own a killer 1st, and she is loosing matches with shots that are margionaly out of bounds (and the margins are still coming down from last year) which she used to nail consistently, which is hurting her ability to take her chances, and or, pressure certain oponants. The latter is crucial because she needs to be able to wrestle control to force her game.
Some here think that her ground game is still having margional issues because she is getting laid, some think its because she watches golf, some think it's because shes a lazy cow with too much bling, but personnaly I think she has lost alot of feel and control, in part due to the switch, in part due to boxersize, in part due to mobility, and in part due to timming and technical changes. Before the switch her FH was not a weapon but it wasn't a weakness either because it had deapth and weight and sufficient variety that it was hard to read and hence exploint, often forcing erros, it has improved again lately with a shorter stoke, more advatageous positioning and taking the ball earlier, but it apears more predictable than before. Her backhand however, has been absent since the switch. What made it so effective before was it was so instinctive, beautifully disguised, and ulitmately reliable with considerable power, depth and preciscion. It no longer ticks those boxes. That can improve with time if she feels 100% comfortable with the stick of course, but right now it's clear she no longer fully trusts it.
We have talked this to death, and we have certainly seen posted and read enough obituaries here to warrant anymore. All in good time... With at least a six month lead time to every change, patience becomes a crucial requirement and so it is in any sport.
Can we please leave Davenport and her autistic needs to lable and categorise everything into dumb TV audience sized chunks, and similarly the comparisons to players who aren't similar, and are each unique human wonders, along with the prejudiced opinions of what qualifies success out of the conversation?
Life is too short.