Originally Posted by Protoss
Caro used to be a lot more aggressive very early on in her career but I guess she changed from that to get a more immediate boost in results. As her defensive game style became her pattern it probably became pretty ingrained and offenseive skills likely were very neglected.
I disliked the racquet change from Babolat to Yonex after the 2010 season as I thought it made little sense to switch racquets after playing the best tennis of your career to date. The racquet change didn't seem to be much of an issue, at least early on, (after switching back to Babolat strings after Sydney) and the strong results/play continued on from the previous year. I think that Caro's shots sit up more and don't have as much pace as they did when she used a Babolat racquet.
I think it would a good idea for Caro to evaluate different racquets and strings to find what's the best combination for her now. I had hoped that would happen in this offseason but that didn't seem to happen.
I was thinking last spring she needed to re-evaluate her equipment. At the world class level, you always have to keep up your competition.
But this is a bigger problem. Same one that Jankovic has. They cant hit the down the line backhand when they need it. Cant hit a good 1st serve when they need it. Cant hit a good return of serve when they need it.
They lost the mental toughness part of their game. The ability to produce good tennis over & over at key moments. You cant win without that, and the great champions have it for years & years. For some, it's almost like being in a zone, then its gone
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