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Old Jan 15th, 2013, 07:45 AM   #3106
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"undersized", that's a new term to describe Caro!?
That immediately struck me as odd too. Arguably Caroline's game is undersized but her physicality certainly is not. She's no giant but she is far from "small."
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Wozniacki fights back against Lisicki
Tuesday, 15 January, 2013
By Matt Trollope


When the women’s draw came out on the Friday prior to Australian Open 2013, a murmur went up when arguably the most dangerous of unseeded players was drawn to play 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Sabine Lisicki, once ranked as high as No.12, who defeated top seed Maria Sharapova on her way to last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals and who reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park the same year, would face off against the Dane in a first round blockbuster, a match many thought the powerful German would win.

Wozniacki had fallen in the first round of her previous two Grand Slams in London and New York, and Lisicki is exactly the kind of player that the Dane struggles against, a hyper-aggressive baseliner who feasts on three-quarter-court moonballs.

For much of the match, it looked as if the upset predictions would ring true.

Yet Lisicki’s game collapsed when she lead 3-0 in the final set, Wozniacki eked out a 2-6 6-3 6-3 victory on Hisense Arena, having successfully navigated a very menacing obstacle.

“It’s a tough first round opponent, you never know what you can expect. She can hit some amazing winners and then do some unforced errors straight after. She has a big serve, so you just need to be on your toes all the time,” the Dane said.

“It’s tough to get your rhythm in the match, but that’s why you just have to accept her winners, say ‘too good’, and just move on.”

Lisicki announced her intentions from the very first ball, pounding two winning returns followed by a backhand winner for 0-40, and a few points later, another forcing return to bring up an immediate service break. Several errors then saw her hand the break straight back to Wozniacki.

But the German managed to keep the winners-to-errors ratio in good shape. Given time by Wozniacki to set up for her big shots, she either struck a cold winner or dragged the Dane well out of court to create an easy put-away. She also displayed deft touch, frequently following her bombs into net and angling volley winners.

Quickly down a set, Wozniacki tried to fire herself up with a few “come-ons” and some fist-pumping, and saw immediate results, moving ahead 4-0 as Lisicki’s error tally mounted.

The No.10 seed found herself serving for the set five games later, in what turned out to be the best game of the match. A tense affair, Lisicki brought up two break points at 15-40 with a lovely wrong-footing backhand, only to throw them away with errors. The tension mounted as deuces ensued, but Wozniacki landed a timely ace to gain the advantage, and sealed the set following yet another Lisicki error.

The world No.36 shrugged off that disappointment, holding serve and then breaking in the next game thanks to a backhand winner. Remaining aggressive, she played a spectacular running forehand winner to secure a 3-0 lead.

By this stage, Lisicki had racked up 22 forehand winners to Wozniacki’s zero – it appeared that on this occasion, fortune would favour the brave.

Not so. The German’s game disintegrated, particularly in the sixth game when she coughed up four errors to help Wozniacki level at 3-3.

From there, the match didn’t last much longer. Lisicki wildly fluffed a smash to surrender the eighth game and fall behind 5-3, and double faulted on the opening point of the next game as she served to stay in the match.

A few points – and errors – later, Wozniacki had booked her passage into the last 64.

She finished with eight errors to Lisicki’s whopping 57, and only 12 winners to 45. In truth, the match was entirely on Lisicki’s racquet, and the Dane really didn’t have to do a lot towards the end to score the win.

But she’ll take one however she can get it.

“I’m just happy to be through to the next round. Today I had to get my fighting spirit up, and fight back, and it paid off,” Wozniacki said.

“It’s a new year, it’s a new tournament, and that’s basically all I think about.”


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- Papa do not preach! - Tennis fathers are a very special kind. And to the Caroline Wozniacki should better make a big bow. After her match against Sabine Lisicki she charged with her entourage in the crowded Player's Lounge of the Melbourne Park. Although she moved to a corner of the room, but the dispute could not hear anyone. Everyone turned their heads as Piotr Wozniacki suddenly yelled at his daughter. Nothing they have just done right on the court, he shouted angrily, absolutely nothing. It was a failure. They had just won. Wozniackis father but she scolded like a silly schoolgirl, took them outside in front of everyone. The situation escalated almost as if the daughter rebelled and just as loud zurückbrüllte. After a few minutes the thunder had died in the Players' Lounge, he sent his daughter to the criminal practice. She obeyed. If this is the way to number one, you'd better take the next exit
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That's awful.

How can Caro stand to be treated like that?
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That's awful.

How can Caro stand to be treated like that?
Well, firstly it's not exactly first hand reports. It's something written up by some media person.

And secondly, they do sometimes yell at each other and Caro did play poorly and apparently didn't follow the game plan.

It's not the first time a player and a coach have had words. When Li Na screams at her husband, everyone just think it's cute. When Aga screams at her father, everyone thinks it's cute.

When Piotr and Caro has a heated exchange of words, it's the worst thing ever and the end of the world and blah blah.
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Old Jan 17th, 2013, 03:07 AM   #3112
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Well, firstly it's not exactly first hand reports. It's something written up by some media person.

And secondly, they do sometimes yell at each other and Caro did play poorly and apparently didn't follow the game plan.

It's not the first time a player and a coach have had words. When Li Na screams at her husband, everyone just think it's cute. When Aga screams at her father, everyone thinks it's cute.

When Piotr and Caro has a heated exchange of words, it's the worst thing ever and the end of the world and blah blah.
Well said, the media describe Piotr in a way it almost sounds like a child abuse. I mean,obviously it wasn't nice and he could have waited until they are away from the courts but let's be honest,this was a bad performance from Caro and she can thank her guardian angel for getting through this match.
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Well said, the media describe Piotr in a way it almost sounds like a child abuse. I mean,obviously it wasn't nice and he could have waited until they are away from the courts but let's be honest,this was a bad performance from Caro and she can thank her guardian angel for getting through this match.
But for the anti-Piotr camp, it's pure gospel. They just take it at face value .. and even it's obviously Caro's choice to work with her father, it's only because her father prevents her from working with someone else and they have shared bank accounts and blah blah ... (just skimmed GM thread. Obviously there'd be a GM thread, so the usual suspects, incl now ex poster here Jimmie, can get together and slag off Caro and/or Piotr). It's all so very predictable.
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But for the anti-Piotr camp, it's pure gospel. They just take it at face value .. and even it's obviously Caro's choice to work with her father, it's only because her father prevents her from working with someone else and they have shared bank accounts and blah blah ... (just skimmed GM thread. Obviously there'd be a GM thread, so the usual suspects, incl now ex poster here Jimmie, can get together and slag off Caro and/or Piotr). It's all so very predictable.
Oh, Jimmie he's made a name for himself in GM for jumping the ship once Caro stopped doing well. I just wonder what would be his next move if Vika starts to fade and Caro gets better...

And no wonder they put a thread about this in GM already. Caro's always got a VIP treatment over there.
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Well said, the media describe Piotr in a way it almost sounds like a child abuse. I mean,obviously it wasn't nice and he could have waited until they are away from the courts but let's be honest,this was a bad performance from Caro and she can thank her guardian angel for getting through this match.
Do you like how he talks to her on court?
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Do you like how he talks to her on court?
It's not a matter of liking. When she is not doing well he's obviously not going to be all smiles. He did go a bit overboard in one match I remember from last year but he keeps it within the boundaries most of the time IMO. I think that it's still better when a coach is open with a player than if he has a soft approach and rather sugarcoats problems just to avoid upsetting her.
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Do you like how he talks to her on court?
Did you like the way Sgt Foley was speaking to Zack Mayo in 'An officer and a gentleman'? ..

My point being, if it works for them. It works for them and sometimes it's also necessary. It's not for you, me nor anyone else to be an expert on the 'Wozniacki family' relations. The other thing is, Piotr has two hats. One coach. One father. It can sometimes be difficult to straddle both. Something they've also both elaborated further on in numerous interviews.

Personally, I like and respect Piotr. He isn't some spin doctor person. He tells it like it is. God bless. We need more people like him, imho.

If Caroline was unhappy, she'd fire him and find another coach. Unless of course, you're subscribing to some 'battered wife' syndrome or other GM lunacy. GM btw is always up in arms about anything Caro and Piotr does. If it's not Caro's 'come on'. It's Piotr's on court coaching. Or something else.

There are times, Caro, imho, needs a telling to and Piotr is probably about the only person in the whole world, who can make her listen.
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It's not just GM lunacy, I've heard commentators act like Piotr is the second coming of Jim Pierce. I think people forget about all of the truly horrible tennis dads and if they did, they realize Piotr doesn't even come close to them.
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Wozniacki schools teenager Vekic
Thursday, 17 January, 2013
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Being the youngest player to earn her way into the main draw means that 16-year-old Donna Vekic didn't make it there on luck, but former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki showed the Croat she still has a long way to go before she can seriously contend for major titles when she handily took care of her in a 6-1 6-4 second-round victory.

While the still relatively small and thin Vekic was impressive when occasionally banging eye-popping winners, it was the 22-year-old Dane who controlled the action on a hot afternoon on Hisense Arena. She served hard and with pinpoint precision, crushed her favoured two-handed backhand to all angles of the court, and gamely hustled down many of the Croatian’s biggest blasts.

Wozniacki – who reached the semifinals here in 2011 as the top seed and lost a difficult three setter to Li Na while holding a match point – is intent on rediscovering the game that once made her a feared competitor.

The world No.10 did not start off 2013 in fine fashion, losing early at Brisbane and in Sydney, but she has promised to up her level in Melbourne and at least in her first two matches, she has.

While she only managed to strike 13 winners, Wozniacki did force Vekic into 14 errors and won 70 per cent percent of her first serve points.

She also returned aggressively at times, breaking Vekic on five occasions and grabbing 62 per cent of the Croatian’s second serve points.

Wozniacki, who has been working on adding pace to her weaker forehand wing and upping the speed of her serve, won the first set with a booming ace out wide.

Vekic, who committed 32 unforced errors in the contest, played more consistently in the second set and managed to blast seven forehand winners, but she couldn’t manage to grab enough key points.

Wozniacki held at love to win the match when the teenager committed four straight unforced errors.

The Dane, who reached the 2012 Australian quarterfinals before falling to former champion Kim Clijsters, will play qualifier Lesia Tsurenko in the third round.


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but let's be honest,this was a bad performance from Caro and she can thank her guardian angel for getting through this match.
she still won!
How can she gain a confidence and get back mentally where she was when he humiliates her publicly like that, especially in front of other players!
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