Yeah, we can conclude that Caro, or maybe her entourage, is quite stubborn when it comes to her tennis patterns.
On clay it's a different story though, her game isn't half as effective and specially now with zero confidence, she's most vulnerable.
I think she will fight but it won't matter, she can't hit flat for whatever reason and she's lost her depth that made her so tough. I miss the days she could rally all day.
Caroline was in the 2011 Rome semis, played a close match with Sharapova. Then won 2011 Brussels. Beat Fran, who was in her 2nd straight FO final 2 weeks later. That was after winning 2011 Charleston & reaching the Final of 2011 Stuttgart.
Its not that she cant play on clay. In the last 2 years, her game has deteriorated. She's a much weaker player now.
Her coaching has been terrible. Did you see the last point against Kvitova? Easy putaway and she hits it wide. Against Sveta in Melbourne she had a break point in set 3 & Sveta hit a drop shot. Caro got to it & tapped it right at Sveta. Just did the same thing aginst Zheng!
They cant teach her that when you run forward for a drop shot, point the racket to the open court, not right at your opponent! Its idiocy!
All the practices she had in the last 2 years have hurt her game. The whole goal of a practice is to help you. Instead of cleaning up the obvious things, like putting away a short lob, they took her forehand apart, and helped her with nothing!
But its Caroline fault. She wants to be the diva who just leaves to go watch full week of golf, while she knows her game is in disarray. And she stays with the same coaches who have ruined her game