Re: Danish Delight - Caroline Wozniacki thread - vol 5
Yeah, this whole process is long term now. The important thing is she has to learn how to close, how to win.
She knew how to do that with her old style.
Now she's very fragile in crucial moments and has a lot of trouble going deep into tournaments
Only won 5 matches in her last 6 tournaments. 5 losses in her last 7 matches.
The mental part is whats fallen off. She still plays around the same level of tennis, until she's close to winning, or 1 set-all, then the unforced errors kill her
Totally agree. The main thing right now that I do like is her coach Thomas Johannson. I really hope this lasts. He really seems to understand Caro. One thing I liked is when he reduced the tension in her racket was the way he got Caro to say which she thought was best. So he wasn't saying do this or that - he was getting input from her what she liked best.
But yeah - the mental part when she's close to winning. She said she was unlucky on those MPs with her opponent painting the lines. But it's not all about just choking. That's what players do when they are MPs down. They've nothing to lose. You have top expect it. You lose a MP like that with the player going for broke and the Caro late 2010 - early 2011 would usually just plug away and keep getting another MP and manage the storm and eventually win. And she certainly did not help her opponent and give away UEs. It's hard to close out - but if you keep failing to convert match after match - it can't be put down to bad luck any more than the way she used to close out can be put down to luck and her opponent's play.
Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters