Re: Danish Delight - Caroline Wozniacki thread - vol 3
It's wonderful that Caro won and finally got past that 4R hurdle everyone has been talking about. But the match also highlighted the shortcomings of her game and why she wins too rarely against top players. SK completely dominated the 1st set and for most of the 2nd set it was still the Russian who dictated the flow of the match. She was the one who lost games, it wasn't Caro who won them. Not until 5-6. Then Caro finally took charge and started to really win points. One of the things I have been lamenting most about Caro's game in the past was her seeming inability to change a losing strategy. Here, in the 20th game of the match and one game away from defeat, Caro finally showed that she can change and improve her play during a match. That to me was the most positive thing about the match (besides the win itself).
The next thing I'm hoping for from Caro is a change of style so she'll be more in charge of her own fate and won't be depending on an opponent meltdown like SK's to save her. We have seen several times what happens when a consistent (but passive) Caro plays against a consistent top player with more power; the last match against Dementieva, against Safina, twice against Azarenka etc, all clear losses in straight sets. Caro won't be able to advance to the next level until she's able to defeat a top player who's having a good day.
Luxembourg 2016 & Auckland 2018
Madison Brengle: "I'd rather chew on a pinecone than play this match (against Wozniacki)."
Nicole Melichar: "Do you want me to go find you one?"
Nicole Melichar: "I'm really happy I don't have to play against her (Wozniacki)."
Madison Brengle: "Oh, thank you, that makes me feel so much better."