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Noctis
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:42 AM
Whatever Caroline Wozniacki's New Year's resolution was, it may be time to ditch it. The world No. 1 suffered a straight-sets loss to Dominika Cibulkova in her opening match of the 2011 season at the Sydney Invitational. The loss came one week after Wozniacki dropped two straight matches in an exhibition in Tokyo.

It's not the best start for the 20-year-old Dane, whose reign atop the rankings has been plagued by whispers that she's not No. 1 material. A poor result at next week's Australian Open will only intensify the criticisms.

Wozniacki isn't worried, though. From The Australian:

"I'm going into Melbourne and having my head high. I'm playing good, I'm playing well, just need to get that going in matches. [...]

"I didn't feel that I was playing great tennis out there, so definitely now I just need to get some sets going and some training matches," she said.

"You know, last year I had the same start, so hopefully slow start, good finish (she reached the fourth round in Melbourne last year).

"(I just need) to get everything together, all the puzzles together that I've been working on, and to make everything function and not just one thing and then the other thing isn't working. I want everything to just click."

At Forty Deuce, C Note said Wozniacki's comments were delusional. (I quote her because then I don't have to say it.) Wozniacki opens that quote by saying she's playing well, but then comes back to say she wasn't playing great tennis. So which is it?

She then mentions that she lost her opening match in Sydney last year, but had a good finish. Yet that "good finish" was a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open; a result that would be an utter and abject failure this time around.

To cap it all off, Wozniacki says she wants everything to just click. Oh, Caro. That's loser talk. It's the sort of thing people say when they expect to be defeated. You can't "want" everything to click -- you have to make it click yourself.

DownInAHole
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Maybe she will crack under the pressure of being number one and if she doesn't get herself together she will lose the number one ranking quickly but so far she is 0-1. I don't think it's fair to write her season off as a failure yet.;)

Losing the number one ranking may actually be a good thing for her. As a top five player she would still be under pressure to perform well but nowhere near as much as being number one.

As far as her comments go they can be interpreted as being contradictory but most athletes speak that way so I wouldn't put too much stock in what she said. She's not going to say that she sucks and doesn't think she will do well.

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:51 AM
She lost her 1st match in Sydney last year.
Both Caro & Vera rushed to Sydney & lost, then the player who beat them lost next round.

Judge them by Melbourne & the whole year, not 1 prep tournament after a big money exo

Mistress of Evil
Jan 12th, 2011, 12:29 PM
Nah, she is like a cockroach, she will regroup. Do not worry. :cheer:

Jorn
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:27 PM
Caro's on her 12th week at No. 1, the pressure have been there for weeks, not the reason for this early loss...

kman
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Based on what?

Even if she crashes out before R4/QF in AO, that doesn't say much as that's what she does every year. In fact, she usually doesn't get going until around March each season. Notoriously slow starter.

madmax
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:40 PM
Nah, she is like a cockroach, she will regroup. Do not worry. :cheer:

:devil: I must say this analogy cracked me up

JackFrost
Jan 12th, 2011, 01:49 PM
It´s way too early to tell. Nearly every Toplayer has bad results now and then. Let´s wait and see.

Spiritof42
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:10 PM
Note to the OP: when you copy and paste news articles or opinion pieces here, it's good practice to mention the source. In this case, Chris Chase's (lame) tennis blog (http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/What-s-wrong-with-Caroline-Wozniacki-?urn=ten-306074) on Yahoo.

pov
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:13 PM
Whatever Caroline Wozniacki's New Year's resolution was, it may be time to ditch it. The world No. 1 su ....

:eek: Copying and pasting an article by Chris Chase sucks even more than Chase's hack writing

WozLolz
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:18 PM
Who wrote this "analysis?" :spit: There are several glaring errors.

1. Caro didn't lose 2 matches in Hong Kong. She beat Li Na and lost against Vera. That is one loss, not two. :kiss:

2. Caroline's comments weren't really contradictory. She said she was feeling good/playing well (meaning in practice) but she didn't play well in the match. It happens.

3. What the bleep is "the analyst" talking about with the "slow start/good finish" quote? Erm, she started slow in Sydney/Melbourne last year and finished strong with her summer and fall runs. :rolleyes: She wasn't talking about Melbourne last year.

Errors aside, one match ain't the end of the world. :hearts:

Volcana
Jan 12th, 2011, 02:31 PM
Keima - If you post a link to the source of nonsense like this, you'll be able to claim later you didn't actually believe it. Really good idea, in this case.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:07 PM
caro didn't start good last year either...:shrug:

doujyr
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:09 PM
Even if she cracks up there's no one else to take her place :sad: She'll stay No1 by default

BepaMaria
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Even if she cracks up there's no one else to take her place :sad: She'll stay No1 by default

Clijsters, Zvonareva and Serena when shes back from her foot injury. After that Robson will dominate the tour:rocker2:

Sammo
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:19 PM
It's getting boring the same story... it will happen again with Zvonareva if she reaches n. 1

Claycourter
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:20 PM
Typical result of greed winning over common sense. My alarm bells went off when she claimed that she "can win with any racquet" when she sold out to Yonex after capturing #1 rank with Babolat. It just doesn't work that way even on the WTA tour. Her shots now lack the usual heaviness and allow other players to easily take control of the rally. Her FH, while never a huge weapon, still allowed her to put heavy spin on the ball and force her opponent into a bad position further from the baseline. I have a feeling Caro is going to struggle for a few months with this change. Will that break her confidence? Only time will tell.

BepaMaria
Jan 12th, 2011, 03:22 PM
Typical result of greed winning over common sense. My alarm bells went off when she claimed that she "can win with any racquet" when she sold out to Yonex after capturing #1 rank with Babolat. It just doesn't work that way even on the WTA tour. Her shots now lack the usual heaviness and allow other players to easily take control of the rally. Her FH, while never a huge weapon, still allowed her to put heavy spin on the ball and force her opponent into a bad position further from the baseline. I have a feeling Caro is going to struggle for a few months with this change. Will that break her confidence? Only time will tell.

+1
This is the first decent and sensible post i have seen from you:angel:

DownInAHole
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Typical result of greed winning over common sense. My alarm bells went off when she claimed that she "can win with any racquet" when she sold out to Yonex after capturing #1 rank with Babolat. It just doesn't work that way even on the WTA tour. Her shots now lack the usual heaviness and allow other players to easily take control of the rally. Her FH, while never a huge weapon, still allowed her to put heavy spin on the ball and force her opponent into a bad position further from the baseline. I have a feeling Caro is going to struggle for a few months with this change. Will that break her confidence? Only time will tell.

You may end up being 100% correct but I think it is far too early to say that the new racket is a problem. If you discount the exhibitions, which I think makes sense, Caroline is 0-1. Of course that's a disappointing start to the season for the number one player but I think a bigger problem was her movement. Cibulkova was killing her with winners, particularly in the first set (I think she had 19 winners in nine games). It could have been the racket but Caroline never really looked comfortable in that match. I thought she had a brief patch in the second set when she broke Cibulkova where she was playing some very good tennis but otherwise she played very poorly.

Betten
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:16 PM
I too think it's too soon to draw any real conclusions yet. Maybe it's the pressure, maybe it's the racket, maybe it's the overplaying... Who knows? Considering some of the other things that happened to top players (injuries, family dramas) she should be happy to be able to still play tennis and learn from her errors. If she doesn't succumb to the pressure that comes with being the world number one she could become a very mature, reliable player. That's still no guarantee for slam success, but it's what she should focus on right now.

Setsuna.
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:16 PM
Nah, she is like a cockroach, she will regroup. Do not worry. :cheer:

:haha::spit:

brickhousesupporter
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Correct me if I am wrong. Wasn't Chris Chase the guy that wrote an article praising the fact that Wozniaki was number 1 and Serena wasn't, because Caroline respected the tour by playing a lot. That was a quick turn around.

matty
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Even if she cracks up there's no one else to take her place :sad: She'll stay No1 by default

Zvonoreva, Clijsters...but hoepfully, Serena.

edificio
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:00 PM
Whatever Caroline Wozniacki's New Year's resolution was, it may be time to ditch it. The world No. 1 suffered a straight-sets loss to Dominika Cibulkova in her opening match of the 2011 season at the Sydney Invitational. The loss came one week after Wozniacki dropped two straight matches in an exhibition in Tokyo.

It's not the best start for the 20-year-old Dane, whose reign atop the rankings has been plagued by whispers that she's not No. 1 material. A poor result at next week's Australian Open will only intensify the criticisms.

Wozniacki isn't worried, though. From The Australian:

"I'm going into Melbourne and having my head high. I'm playing good, I'm playing well, just need to get that going in matches. [...]

"I didn't feel that I was playing great tennis out there, so definitely now I just need to get some sets going and some training matches," she said.

"You know, last year I had the same start, so hopefully slow start, good finish (she reached the fourth round in Melbourne last year).

"(I just need) to get everything together, all the puzzles together that I've been working on, and to make everything function and not just one thing and then the other thing isn't working. I want everything to just click."

At Forty Deuce, C Note said Wozniacki's comments were delusional. (I quote her because then I don't have to say it.) Wozniacki opens that quote by saying she's playing well, but then comes back to say she wasn't playing great tennis. So which is it?

She then mentions that she lost her opening match in Sydney last year, but had a good finish. Yet that "good finish" was a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open; a result that would be an utter and abject failure this time around.

To cap it all off, Wozniacki says she wants everything to just click. Oh, Caro. That's loser talk. It's the sort of thing people say when they expect to be defeated. You can't "want" everything to click -- you have to make it click yourself.

Source? Link?

Nah, she is like a cockroach, she will regroup. Do not worry. :cheer:

You may be on to something there.

:eek: Copying and pasting an article by Chris Chase sucks even more than Chase's hack writing


Too true.

Correct me if I am wrong. Wasn't Chris Chase the guy that wrote an article praising the fact that Wozniaki was number 1 and Serena wasn't, because Caroline respected the tour by playing a lot. That was a quick turn around.


He'll say whatever is necessary to get page views. Dude's a hack. :(

Ciarán
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:15 PM
Crack crack crack :inlove::inlove::inlove:

Mightymirza
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:10 PM
Even if she might, she wont be the first one to do so :lol: In fact she will have to do very very very badly to beat some previous records :tape: (:secret: Ana, Dinara even Pova!)

Matt01
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:52 PM
+1
This is the first decent and sensible post i have seen from you:angel:


I was thinking the same :lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 12th, 2011, 11:00 PM
Correct me if I am wrong. Wasn't Chris Chase the guy that wrote an article praising the fact that Wozniaki was number 1 and Serena wasn't, because Caroline respected the tour by playing a lot. That was a quick turn around.


:lol:

BlueTrees
May 27th, 2011, 03:40 PM
:bounce:

Langers
May 27th, 2011, 03:42 PM
There are FOURTEEN Wozniacki threads on page 1. :haha:

tennisbum79
May 27th, 2011, 03:46 PM
THat is not the first time for #1. There are plenty of examples in recent histoy

Safina, Ivanovic, Jankovic.
As I recall, Ivanovic outright wanted no part of of #1. The expectations, the extra preparation of opponents were too much for her and she has no qualm telling anybody who care to listen.

goldenlox
May 27th, 2011, 03:53 PM
Caro won a Premier last week. Players like Vera & Dani have been around for a decade and only have a few Premier titles.

But this was a bad loss. Still, its one loss, and she wasnt going to win this title with ANY round where she played like this

~{X}~
May 27th, 2011, 04:46 PM
I don't think she is cracking under the pressure, Hantuchova just played a great game and Caro is pretty bad on red clay.

I think Caro needs to stop playing every week, that's all. She should rest the week prior to a slam, not play 3-4 weeks in a row before a slam.

Ryusuke Tenma
May 27th, 2011, 04:54 PM
Great thread. Cracking under pressure, yet still far ahead of everyone else and way ahead in the race too :bigwave:

Dominika23
May 27th, 2011, 04:55 PM
THat is not the first time for #1. There are plenty of examples in recent histoy

Safina, Ivanovic, Jankovic.
As I recall, Ivanovic outright wanted no part of of #1. The expectations, the extra preparation of opponents was too much for her and she has no qualm telling anybody who care to listen.

Thank You They act like they hate to bring up Safina JJ and ANa have been through the same thing. Don't get me wrong I fan of Safina JJ and ANa but Caro not the first to lose too someone she was suppose to beat now everyone acting as she going downhill

Jimmie48
May 27th, 2011, 04:57 PM
I seriously wonder if some people actually believe what they write here or if it's wishful thinking... she won a tournament less than two weeks ago... yes, she's obviously cracking.

The clay season is the worst part of her year and still she has won two tournaments and was in one final.. in what world is that cracking?

Noctis
May 27th, 2011, 05:03 PM
Great thread. Cracking under pressure, yet still far ahead of everyone else and way ahead in the race too :bigwave:

:bigwave: like her today

Marlene
May 27th, 2011, 05:04 PM
Sigh. What do you want her to do? Tank a few matches to dutifully stay behind Clijsters in the rankings?

Ryusuke Tenma
May 27th, 2011, 05:05 PM
:bigwave: like her today
That wasn't cracking under pressure, that was just crap :spit:

She has 5100 points this year, how is that cracking under pressure? She's doing way better than last year :wavey: