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Re: Danish Delight - Caroline Wozniacki thread - vol 5

Originally Posted by goldenlox View Post
Its not just the old style. Its also effort level.
If she wanted to make the YEC, there were 2 Premiers in US after Wimbledon. Coco Vandeweghe was in one final & Cibulkova won the other.
Instead of taking a month vacation after losing round 1 at Wimbledon & losing round 1 Eastbourne, she should have gone straight to the US and played 2 Premiers that had Intl level fields.

Thats just as worrisome as all the sloppy errors at key moments and the losses that were close and might have been wins if she played steadier.
Its the 'want to'. You have to want it bad, and going 2 full months without a match win in the middle of the season while healthy, you dont deserve to be playing in the YEC

All the errors, and vacations, it comes down to the mental side. She still can physical play at a high level. She has to fight for it while playing smart.
At break point when you get a short lob return, you cant muff that point. Any weekend hacker would let that bounce, see where Aga was standing, and tap it in the open court

But this year is over, except that she can finish with some wins while not playing the YEC.
Next year we'll see how much she wants it. Starting with the AO
We recently had this disagreement but I don't think that it was a mistake for Caroline to take a break after Wimbledon. Her schedule in 2012 was just as heavy as it was in 2010 and 2011, players can play too much and wear themselves out. True, she isn't having deep runs and she's played far fewer matches this season but the travel also takes a toll on players. You also need to consider the reality that even if she had played those two small premiers that she may have lost early. How much good would that have done her going in to the bigger premier events and the U.S. Open? Most people seem to agree that Caroline played too much in the 2011 clay season and that she didn't have much left at Roland Garros, I think something similar may have happened if she had played Stanford and/or Carlsbad and then the Olympics/Montreal/Cincinnati/New Haven/U.S. Open. That is an awful lot of tennis/travel.

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