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post #719 of (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2013, 06:54 AM
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Re: Danish Delight - Caroline Wozniacki thread - vol 6

Originally Posted by Chrissie-fan View Post
Many women get so little out of their service that serving isn't that much of an advantage. People will say that they choke when they can't serve out a match at 5-2 or something, but they really don't do anything different at 5-2 than at 3-3 - they just don't serve well no matter what the score is. In Caro's case I think her first serve is ok, but if her first serve percentage is only about 50% or less she has a better chance of closing out a match when she's returning than when she's serving.
That's a very interesting and,I think,accurate observation for the most part.Unlike folks who saw the match,I can't comment on WHY Caroline failed in her 1st attempt to close out.However,the serve is a relatively easy way to gain a quick advantage in closing out both individual points and also games/sets/matches,and I believe that Caroline is missing out on such a great helper by not having a more consistently threatening service attack......I can't really say how dominant Evert would've been in this era b/c there are some powerful ROS'ers who could've exposed her often-pedestrian service.Still,she may have adjusted if she'd been forced to do so

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