I dont think grass is a good surface for Caro. I know she won eastbourne, but she beat Razzano in the final, Wozniack in the semi.
She's probably playing like IW, but Caro doesnt have the game for grass.
She's not good at the net, she doesnt hit a lot of aggressive groundstrokes and she doesnt serve big,
So she did okay and she has a draw to do okay next week.
But we'll see on hardcourt where she is now. I was disappointed she lost because this title was right in front of her. Just needed to close out a 30-0 service game. And she had 5 bp's for 5-2 that she didnt get either. But overall, it looks like whatever stopped her after IW is over for now.
Yes I agree, I don't really think grass is a great surface for Caro at all. It's way harder to defend on grass, it's a lot easier to outmanoeuvre a player defending on the grass because you can't change direction as easily. It benefits everyone's shots giving them more pace, combined with the harder movement though this is bad for Caroline. Eastbourne use to be a good indicator in the 80s, but these days it isn't really a great indicator.
I think the biggest loss this week was the confidence she could have gained from winning the title. Caro's confidence is low, winning the title here would have helped with that. Unfortunately a loss like today probably makes things worse.
Even other top 10 players without much power like Aga and Errani can put away short balls. So I don't see much excuse for Caro not being able to do that.
I am not making excuses, of course Caro should be able to do it, but we know from history she struggles, it isn't the first time we have seen a point like that one.
Neither of those players have flawed technique on one side though. Aga is quite confident at hitting and coming forward thus her weight is going into the shot, Caro isn't confident at doing that at all. Errani is infinitely better at the net than Caroline. This makes a big difference, what these players lack in power, they can hit the shot then if they get a weak response, finish it at the net, Caroline can't really do that.
I wonder how many points Caroline actually won today where she had to hit a volley. The stats say she was 8/17 at the net, which is already poor, but those include points where Hampton was playing poor drop shots. The actual number of points she won where she had to an overhead or volley was a couple probably.