Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki (WOES nee a kee) is the best player right now who has not won a slam. She was the number one player in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings for 67 weeks. Now she hovers in the top 10. Her commerical looks have landed her many endorsements. Girls playing tennis look up to her. She has a great mental attitude and never quits. If only, she could win a slam. Her inability to do so is always a little asterisk on her profile. She has accumulated many points through playing a very heavy schedule. The ladies who win the slams do not care too much about playing a lot of tournaments or winning the ones that are not slams. Regardless, Wozniacki is a very tough competitor and is the lady to beat if one is seeking success on the tour.
Wozniacki is a very high level counterpuncher. She hits a heavy ball on both sides and is almost always in the single digits in unforced errors for the whole match. She anticipates unbelievably well and has many tools in her defensive arsenal. She handles the pace better than any counterpuncher on tour and possesses a pretty good backhand down the line. She has been working on being a little more aggressive and setting up points.
Why She Wins
Good defensive players are very hard to beat. Many players like hitting winners. Counterpunchers are happy about their mistakes. When Wozniacki gets ahead in a match, it puts pressure on the opponent to go for more in their shots. If the opponent is trying too hard, they will make errors and Wozniacki’s confidence will increase. The amount of balls that she can get back is astonishing.
Why She Loses
Wozniacki plays a good amount of matches. Most players that play so many matches get a little tired when it gets to the slam. Wozniacki is also not so good on clay. Clay is a slow surface that traditionally benefits counterpunchers. However, some counterpunchers really do not like the ball bouncing higher or moving slower. She has problems with players that effectively beat up on her serve and her time-gaining techniques. The play normally works like this: Wozniacki hits a weak serve, opponent attacks the shot crosscourt, Wozniacki runs it down and hits a high ball, the opponent steps inside the court and hits a forehand before the ball bounces to finish the point. Wozniacki has been working on a stronger serve, but it is hard to pull that serve out when the match is on the line. After all, she is a defensive player.
Caroline Wozniacki is about the purest counterpuncher you are going to see. It is always amazing to see how far someone will go to win a point. For those who like watching players that are happy all of the time, Wozniacki will not disappoint.
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