Why would she think so? Because she was beating those players in the past when they were doing well. They were all in top 10 and winning tournaments so the claim about them slumping is a myth. They were not as consistent as now however they weren't in a slump at all. Right now she is not beating them because she is not the same self-assured player as she was in 2011.
I suspect that Caroline has changed her game because she was convinced to do so by her team who fell for the 'experts' opinions. It wasn't an act of desperation,like all other players she also knows she has to work on her game and the talk when she was a no.1 always went along the same lines : she has to be more aggressive, has to improve her FH etc etc
If you were at the no1 position in the world and so many people were telling you that including the experts in the field would it not tempt you to try what they were advising? I think many players would apply the changes a lot sooner and more drastically than she did. Now there's actually quite a few players who sacked their parents as coaches and hired a professional. And they weren't even getting as much pressure as Caro did.
I think Caroline's game will finally 'click' when she returns 100% to the style she feels comfortable with. Pushing herself out of the comfort zone did nothing positive for her and sometimes I have an impression she is still trying to do that.
Ummmm....No,she wasn't beating those top players.The FACTS are ZERO wins vs. Venus,Henin and Clijsters,and only one vs.Serena.Perhaps I shouldn't overuse the word 'slump',but my point was that Serena wasn't in her Slam-winning mode when Caroline beat her.That's not Caroline's fault,of course,yet it goes back to what I posted before.I recall when Henin outclassed Serena once even on Wimbledon's grass....Henin's weakest Slam,overall,and on a surface where Serena often overpowered even seeded players.Justine had a losing record vs. Serena,but it was certainly a respectable H2H,and Justine built her confidence based on her previous successes beating Serena even in big matches when Ree WASN'T making loads of UEs.
Caroline can't point to one single match...and you didn't NAME one,either...when a top opponent was in GOAT mode,and yet Caro won.Masha might not have been slumping,per se,but she was hardly impressing folks with her play when Caroline beat her,so the victories were no huge surprise.
I respectfully state that your logic is a bit flawed: If Caro really DID beat top players when they were at their best,then why shouldn't she have confidence when facing them NOW??Clearly,Caroline--who's no dummy--realizes that Aga and Vika are MUCH better now than they were back when Caro defeated them.If someone beat Venus when she was a 14-year-old WC playing her first tourneys,do you honestly believe that such a player would be CONFIDENT,based on that previous win,when facing the mature Venus so many years later??I used a more extreme example to illustrate WHY Caroline doesn't have confidence--understandably not--when playing her dear friends who have improved so much while Caro hasn't at all since that time.I'll agree with you that Caro's struggles have played a part;however,it's no better than questionable,when you look at Caro's career zero victory totals that I mention above vs. the legends,that even the more stable Caro would have had success against her rising buddies.
I can't PROVE that Caroline was desperate;I simply used the word out of convenience b/c,superficially,that's how it looked.It was almost absurd that she would make such a huge 180-degree turn from being a counterpuncher to being OVER-aggressive;it smacked of VERY poor planning...perhaps desperation,perhaps not
.I'll close by touching on one of Ozza's key points: If Caroline lacked confidence in her previous game such that she abandoned it when she was #1,then how on earth could you expect her to have confidence NOW when facing superior opponents whom she hasn't beaten when they were at this level?I'm not trying to be insulting at all
,okay,but that doesn't sound very logical to me