Hoping she can get back some semblance of consistency at Madrid. Absolutely awful results since IW which would have been inconceivable two years ago. Just no consistency now.
As you've posted several times,the drive to be an elite champion is primarily INTERNAL so,IF Caroline doesn't have that(and that's only an 'if',for now),then it's not the fault of any bf or other specific external factor: If it hadn't been he,it would've been someone,or someTHING,else.
I think the biggest difference between pre-Rory and now is that when she lost before - it hurt her more. And I think that hurting her drove her hard with a passion to succeed. I'm sure that it still hurts now. But she has Rory to soften the blow so I don't think it can hurt her as much.
Thank you,but I wonder what Caro means,precisely,by 'just too good'.If she means that someone in GOAT mode--or near it--is just too good,then that's understandable.However,it'd be pretty defeatist if any top player having a decent day were just too good for her.If THAT'S how she thinks,then she truly DOES lack the confidence to beat a Top 5 player unless said player is having a very off day.Were you able to deduce what she meant by that?
The thing she'd say about a player being too good if she lost (or lost a point or game) was something I really liked when she was climbing the rankings and when she was at her peak at #1. It goes hand in hand with the other quote that "I am hard to beat". It basically was a recognition that there were lots of players who have a peak game much better than Caro's and might have days when the stars were aligned and everything goes in and paints the lines. But she still rarely lost to them. That was because:
- Peaking for a few games or even a set is one thing. Maintaining your peak for a whole match when your opponent is giving you nothing and making you work doubly hard every point is quite another.
- Caro's game back then just made it hard for a player to be at their peak and sustain it.
It's rather like the saying that to be a good poker player - you have to accept you are going to lose sometimes. Without that acceptance - you can't be a good poker player. She just says this now because that's what she's always said and that attitude worked.
The problem now is that the scenario is different. Her game has gone South. She's lost so many matches that so many players are too good for her. These matches she is losing - she wouldn't have been losing before. It really doesn't matter what she says. It's going to be hard for her to say anything right that's not picked on when she's losing like this. The basic problem is that she and her team have not been able to figure out how to play as well as she did when it really was difficult to beat her.