Originally Posted by bizarredreamer
Not sure if it has been mentioned before, but I got one main thing from that match against Vika. She needs to learn how to take stuff out of the air and be comfortable with it. She could've ended many of those rallies if she was comfortable at it like Vika is. Instead, she resorts to letting it drop and then the rally is basically back to the beginning.
That, or learn how to be more comfortable at the net. She had Vika at the end of the rope for some rallies, but didn't go up to the net and finish it off.
Thats what they should have been working on. The easy stuff. putting away sitters at the net, and short overheads.
Instead they blew up her game and she wins nothing now.
But the overall quality of the field is very low now. Probably no better than 2010 USO, 2011 AO.
So Caro is very capable of making a big run in NY, if she doesnt choke. The choking is a given now. Whether its match points against Cirstea, serving for the match against Hampton, or leading a tiebreak against Vika.
She never wins titles and chokes a lot, gets very sloppy on big points, or doesnt try at all. Thats the last 2 years in summary of a player who was #1 by 3000 points and holding 9 titles exactly 2 years ago.
But its something she can improve on. The last 2 years will be looked at as a disaster, no matter what she does going forward. Cant be worse than her last 5 months