Originally Posted by ozza
This may just be part of the problem though. If Caroline sees it like that, which is very possible, it's hardly a great source of motivation. I use to be number 1, but now my best may only be good enough for number 5. If she can't envision herself competing with the best players, it wouldn't be that surprising to struggle with your desire and motivation.
If you're top five you can compete with the best players in my opinion. You're likely to lose more matches against them than win, but you're in a position to strike when opportunities present themselves, something that we can't say now.