Originally Posted by goldenlox
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
Interesting you bring up McIlroy so I'll link this to Caro at the end. But McIlroy is under big pressure to find his form, he's obviously recently signed a well publicised $250m sponsorship deal. Every day his form stays bad is hurting Nike, he's had a well publicised change of golf clubs of which may have nothing to do with his dip in form, but they right are an easy excuse/target and thus every day his current form goes on hurts Nike. Supposedly Nike are not happy at all with McIlroy's start to the year, and he's being urged that he has to find his form before The Masters which starts next week (where a lot more eyes will be watching his form), so it's likely Nike have urged him to play this week (this is from UK newspapers).
Bringing this to Caro, you have to wonder if she is under any sort of similar pressures. She's under-performing, is there any pressure on her to get better? We know famously Nike had a "pep-talk" with Serena when she was under-performing many years ago.