Originally Posted by Chrissie-fan
But it's also clear to me that it's very unlikely that Caroline will ever win a major or a YEC. The gap between her best and what Vika, Serena, Maria, Na, Petra and Aga have to offer has become too big. She missed her window of opportunity in 2010-2011. Not that I considered her one of the top favorites even in those days, but the level of the other top players was not as high, at least not on a consistent basis, as it is today and Caroline herself was playing well enough to have an outside chance of taking advantage of that sooner or later if a draw opened up for her.
It never happened even though she came close a couple of times, and now it's too late because her own level has dropped while everyone else's has gone up. And even if she gets back to her level of 2010-2011 it won't be enough anymore. She'll have to be better than she was in those days to have any sort of chance of doing it now, and I can't see that happen. She missed the boat or fell overboard midway through and late in 2011 when she started struggling while the other important players of her age group (Kvitova, Vika, Aga) made their move and she's been swimming ever since to catch up but she's only seen that boat disappearing ever further into the distance.
Chrissie-fan.....never say never. I like Caro. I think she has a great personality and is 'down to earth'. She doesn't have an arrogant bone in her. I reckon she could do with a good coach who can help her improve in many areas but little at a time. So far her father is just putting so much pressure on her in every match. He gives her these lectures about 3-4 times in a match. That's enough to do anyone's brain in. She needs someone who can help her retain her style of play but make few changes at a time. She is still only 22. By the time she gets to Maria's age, hopefully Serena will no longer be around.