I also agree. This could well be the match, which broke the camels back.
It is now crystal clear. Written with miles long letters in the sky : Caro is not a contender for anything (apart from most embarrassing loss, but there aren't many award shows for that).
No more 'oh it takes time to change the game' blah blah ... It's been the excuse for 2 years. Enough is enough. From reports, Caro was in tears after the R3 loss, so presumably also for her, the penny has dropped.
And as you rightly said above, either way, the near term future is a complete and utter disaster ... and a mess.
If she is serious about anything, she needs to sort out the coaching situation. ASAP.
The relaxed 'in the off season, we'll sort it out', just isn't cutting it .. by then, the mental damage after a string of R1 losses to nobodies may well be too severe to fix.
Because tennis players go from club level to Slam contenders overnight right?
Every change is a gamble and the cost varies greatly. Changes is always ongoing, and if you take a wrong turn it can take a long time to resolve. At the top of any sport the differences are mostly marginal between players, and from what I have seen she still has the elements to challenge at the very top, but is struggling with consistency and confidence.
One area Caroline was never the strongest was making tactical changes during a match. She was improving but she has taken a step back unsurprisingly in tandem with the breakdown of her consistency. Not surprising really that that would happen when your confidence in your game has taken a large knock. It's been the most striking development for me that she is able to play a sublime point, and then follow it up with a limp shocker, rather than force the issue to a win. It's not rocket science to gather the reason behind that, or coincidence that it happens in pressure situations of the match.
What strikes me is the lack of support from some of her so called fans here that rather than comprehend prefer to mock for what ever self-interested reason.
She isn't a robot... She is what would be described as a very young athlete in any other sport, and only on the cusp of realising the required experience to be considered a squad regular.
It's always been about time.