Re: Danish Delight - Caroline Wozniacki thread - vol 6
What can we expect from the Caro - Aga match tomorrow?
In Tokyo, Aga won because she was far more efficient than Caro at net, winning something like 18 of 20 points with sharp volleys. Caro's passing shots weren't quite up to the task and she had big trouble finishing off points. One of Aga's greatest strength is her ability to read the opponent, to guess where they'll hit their shots. She's particularly good at reading Caro because they know each other so well, so time and again she managed to run down an almost-winner from Caro until our girl missed.
Another big problem was Caro's inability to deal with Aga's many drop shots. It's not that Caro couldn't run them down, but Aga moved in behind her DS and guessed where Caro would hit her shot, finishing off the point with an easy ball to the open court.
These are the areas where Caro must be sharp tomorrow: 1) Depth and angles on her shots to make it difficult for Aga to come to the net or hit drop shots. 2) More efficient volleys, try to disguise them better to make it less easy for Aga to read you. 3) Stay close to the baseline and be ready to run down drop shots at any time so you'll get to the ball before it drops below netcord height, giving you more options. 4) Re-discover that great lob you once had. Even the best net-players can't volley a well executed lob.
Brad Gilbert: "You donít have to be the best in the world every time you go out there. You just have to be better than one guy."