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I'm not as concerned as some of you and I think she has played some great matches after AO. The win against Kerber (hitting 46 winners iirc) was particularly nice because it shut down any speculation about Caroline winning AO only because Halep took Kerber out.

We tend to forget that the competition is really strong and it seems like all top 50 players can beat one another. For instance, only 6 of the top 16 seeded players are through to R4 (R of 16) here at Indian Wells - and Caroline is one of the 6 that made it while 10 others have failed! It certainly wasn't pretty yesterday, and it will be a huge disappointment if she loses before QF. But it's way too early to talk about any crisis.
 

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No surprise. She could not control where she hit balls against Sasnovich. The only bad thing is maybe she doesnt get back to #1. But a slump now after a major is normal. Take a few days off now.
I was shocked by the last match, 41 errors, and most were like a beginner hitting the wrong direction, so I expected this
 

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This result was to be expected, this court just suits Kasatkina, plus she beat her last month so she got confidence from that match and is generally playing well atm.

On to Miami, hopefully she can reach QF there and just play at a higher level, right before clay... :zzz: That 1st serve % needs to be fixed.
 

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No, I think this court is suit Caro's game too. She always has a good result aai this tournament.
But I think she goes for it too much, try to close the point as soon as possible.
look at those errors especially from her trademark shot - - Backhand DTL.

but the real key point is her 1st serve is too low.
 

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Caroline was fine here last year. If she wins the tiebreak against Mladenovic she would have been in the semis vs Vesnina
She was much worse this year. 71 errors in her last 5 sets, thats almost 15 errors a set. She wins when she is steady. When she cant keep it in play, she never beats good opponents
 

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From 2012-2018 Caro has only made it past the 4th round of Indian Wells 2 out the 7 times she's played it. From 2008-2011 Caro made it past the 4th round of Indian Wells 3 out of the 4 times she played it (she lost in the 4th round in 2008) though. That's a big drop-off in results after 2011.

I know Miami is Caro's next tournament, but I've been wondering about her upcoming clay court season. I think Caro struggling on and complaining about the clay court-like conditions of Indian Wells is a bad sign for how she's going to do on actual clay this year.

I've been a bit disappointed and frustrated by Caro's mental game of late. Some players gain/improve in confidence and mentality after winning a slam. Caro hasn't improved her mental game, at least so far, and if anything has regressed though. There was speculation and hope after Caro won the Australian Open that she would improve in the big moments of matches, but I don't think it's generally happened so far.
 

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:wavey: I am back. Missed you guys..mustn´t tell you how happy I was and I am with Caros run to the AUS OPEN title. :cheer:
Welcome back. I thought of you when Caro won the AO. Just didn't seem right that you weren't able to post with us at that moment she won it.
 

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Welcome back. I thought of you when Caro won the AO. Just didn't seem right that you weren't able to post with us at that moment she won it.
:hug: thank you so much.

From the 4 month of my ban that was the worst day for me. I wait so long for that GS title for Caro..and exspecially in the german sub I get so much hate for loving Caro..it would be even sweeter if I could post that day....

but the user at men tennisforum never saw so much pics and stories about Caro and Serena before the last four month :lol:
 

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Miami draw, good quarter to be in. Some wild early matches like Osaka/Serena, Keys/Azarenka in other quarters
(16)Vandeweghe v BYE
Q v Begu
Giorgi v Vekic
BYE v (24)Vesnina

(28)Kontaveit v BYE
Krunic v Sakkari
Puig v Stosur
BYE v (2)Wozniacki

Probably Stosur, Sakkari, Coco, then Konta or Venus in a QF, so not easy, but nothing is easy at mandatories
 

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I hope Caroline can make another slam run this year. Not sure what to expect in Miami, where finalist points are coming off
I expect she still wont be focused. Too soon after her first major
 

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I think Indian Welles was a bit disappointing for Caroline although it turned out that Kasatkina had a very good tournament - she was a finalist and schooled Kerber 0 and 2. So it's not a terrible loss by Caroline. But Caroline was seeded 2, and IW has historically been her best Tier I tournament by a good margin. So we should expect her to do a bit better (QF at least).

The mandatory points are important for Wozniacki's ambitions of staying at or near the top of the rankings. Unfortunately she's had too many bad mandatory results the last year: IW 120 p, Beijing 120, USO 70, Wimbledon 240, Madrid 65 (a total of 615 points). Halep's 5 worst mandatory tournaments, for comparison, are: IW 390, Beijing 650, USO 10, Wimbledon 430, Miami 215 (1695 points - almost three times as much!).

Let's hope Miami suits the AO champion better...
 

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I think Indian Welles was a bit disappointing for Caroline although it turned out that Kasatkina had a very good tournament - she was a finalist and schooled Kerber 0 and 2. So it's not a terrible loss by Caroline. But Caroline was seeded 2, and IW has historically been her best Tier I tournament by a good margin. So we should expect her to do a bit better (QF at least).

The mandatory points are important for Wozniacki's ambitions of staying at or near the top of the rankings. Unfortunately she's had too many bad mandatory results the last year: IW 120 p, Beijing 120, USO 70, Wimbledon 240, Madrid 65 (a total of 615 points). Halep's 5 worst mandatory tournaments, for comparison, are: IW 390, Beijing 650, USO 10, Wimbledon 430, Miami 215 (1695 points - almost three times as much!).

Let's hope Miami suits the AO champion better...
Caro's Indian Wells results have dropped off quite a bit from early in her career. She's only made it past the 4th round 2 out the last 7 times she's played it (including this year).

Caro's chances of doing well at Madrid and Wimbledon aren't good due to the surfaces. I think a lot of Caro's struggles in Beijing are due to the quick turnaround from usually going deep in Tokyo.

Sometimes it seems to me that Caro isn't just a hard court specialist in general, but specific hard court surfaces and tennis balls (she doesn't like the Penn tennis ball)/particular hard court tournaments specialist.
 

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This draw is better for her than IW or Doha, so lets see how it goes
I would like to see her have a deep run at Wimbledon.
But overall, she's on that all-time top 25 list, and I kept saying all along in GM that what she was doing was extraordinary. She just needed that major to prove she could win under that pressure, and to shut up the people who think majors are everything
I dont know what to expect this week, but that Sasnovich match was one of her worst wins that I can remember. 11 winners, 41 errors and it looked that way. Sasnovich had about 15 break points on her serve and broke Caroline at least 7 times, that 4-2 break in the 3rd at love was terrible
So I expected her to lose to Kasatkina, and now she lost 4 sets in a row to her, and Ostapenko is also 20 and beats her too often. Have to beat some of these 20yr olds

This draw avoids a lot of contenders until the QF, SF

(16)Vandeweghe v BYE
Q v Begu
Giorgi v Vekic
BYE v (24)Vesnina

(28)Kontaveit v BYE
Krunic v Sakkari
Puig v Stosur
BYE v (2)Wozniacki
 

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Caro's Indian Wells results have dropped off quite a bit from early in her career. She's only made it past the 4th round 2 out the last 7 times she's played it (including this year).

Caro's chances of doing well at Madrid and Wimbledon aren't good due to the surfaces. I think a lot of Caro's struggles in Beijing are due to the quick turnaround from usually going deep in Tokyo.
I agree re Madrid and Wimbledon, of course. But IW and Miami are important precisely because the upcoming clay and grass season is usually the worst part of Caro's calendar. She can't go deep every time, but she needs to do it sometimes. Week two at Wimbledon would be nice but I have a hard time imagining it.

Your point about IW is valid, but IW is still a better tournament for Caroline than Madrid and Beijing - even if we look only at the last 7 years.
 

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I don't want to be too harsh on Caroline. It's still one of her best starts of the year ever in terms of race points - only beaten by 2011 when she won Dubai, IW, reached the Doha final and an AO SF. At this time of year (before Miami) she's already doubled her points score of 2017, which until then was her 2nd best ever!

 

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In 2011 she was in 5 finals in 6 events, winning Dubai, IW, Charleston and finals of Doha, Stuttgart
But I would rather have the major than that. This is her last big hardcourt tournament until Rogers Cup, so I think she will play well. Then on to clay, where Halep defends a lot of points
 

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I like that picture of Caroline and her private jet! Does she own it? From what I read, its not that expensive to rent, if you want to avoid the hassels of a regular plane and can afford it
 

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Win the title, Caroline ! :rocker:
 

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Puig v Stosur is later tonight and thats Caroline's 2nd round. One of the great parts of winning the AO is that only a few days later Tennis. com did their all-time top 25 men and women, and Caroline was on the list!
So that shows people who follow this game closely understand the incredible amount of great tennis it takes to be #1 for over 70 weeks and win around 30 titles and win at least one title 11 years in a row, and on-and-on. The youngest player on that list, and in her prime. A legend in the sport!
Now I'd like to see her stay close to Halep in the rankings so she can take back her throne as #1 in the spring
So i hope she is ready to go, last big hardcourt tournament for a long time
 

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Puig it is. Caro is 3-1 H2H (3-0 on HC). Their first meeting was actually in Miami 2014 with Caro winning in 3 sets.
 
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