This is quite interesting. Caroline was once known as Miss Sunshine. She was happy on court. She was friendly towards her opponents. I liked that! She could play a final against Vesnina and go to a dinner with her afterwards (winner pays!).
Former players working as commentators (Evert, Davenport, Fernandez, I don't exactly remember which ones) weren't too happy: Players shouldn't get along like that! It was not right! Still, Caro could go on holiday with Aga, Ula, and Angie, or she could meet up with Vika at the weirdest places. Yet she rose to no. 1 in the world in spite of the camaraderie
. Vika did too.
Players are different. Björn Borg and John McEnroe had very different personalities. Caro and Serena also have different personalities. Serena's attitude works very well for her, and there's nothing wrong with that. But I want Caro to be like Caro. There's nothing wrong with that either. I wish Caro would show us more of the happy smiling Caro from a few years ago.
But she certainly seems to have lost a lot of motivation. I would look foolish if I tried to deny that. Whenever I open a livescore thread here (which isn't very often though) I see comments like "she doesn't want to be on the court", "she's not even trying", "she just want to get out of there". I actually agree.
But I'm sure losing still hurts. It's just too complicated at the moment. There are too many hurdles. And don't forget: There are hundreds of players out there, and they're all working just as hard as Caro, and they all want to be the best. Losing 5 matches in a row is pretty awful. Staying at #9 is quite good though. And I'm sure there's more to come. Much more.