How much (if at all) Caroline goes up in the rankings won't depend on Caroline's level of play alone though. Top three - forget about it. Serena, Masha and Vika have clearly seperated themselves from the rest of the field....
At the AO Serena lost to Stephens & Maria was in the other half losing to Li.
Caro didnt get to Vika (who only played Stephens & nonseeds until the AO final).
Caro cant treat January as a warmup where she loses to Pervak & Sveta twice.
January is half her year, one of the hardcourt majors.
In her career, Caro has one fourth round win in Wimbledon & French Open combined.
The only time she ever made a run at a major was hardcourt. Whatever she is doing during the offseason is destroying her career. She cant come into January thinking she needs 2 months to get into form.
Look at McIlroy. He passed some UNICEF trip he had planned to play this week. Thats because he's desperate for some form before the Masters. At least he has until April. First tennis major is January and Caro has to be ready to do well. Thats the only place Vika has ever won a major, and Caro could have, should have been in the 2011 final, and now has become a noncontender there