The transformation of Caroline Wozniaki

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  1. jdubbs

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    I stayed on after the Fed match ended, expecting to see retrieving and light hitting from Caro against Errani.
    Instead, she was smoking the ball off both wings. Her backhand had real power and her placement was superb. She's turned into a slugger and her defense is already legendary. I couldn't believe what I was watching. Now her resurgence makes sense, and she now has the weapons to compete at the highest level.
     
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  2. rh310

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    Agree. She's clocking the ball. We'll see how it holds up against Serena, though, if they meet.
     
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  3. dirtballer

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    She looks more confident and more aggressive. I think she's getting more out of her serve also.
     
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    Now she is Rory free she has blossomed
     
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    ...and so did he :) Honestly, that was the best thing to happen to both of them, both are at the peak of their respective sports, having to travel separately and so on, how could that type of relationship ever work?
     
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    She looks like she has lost weight too.
     
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  7. wannabe good

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    Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
     
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    She is very friendly with Serena, who I'm sure has given her a few tips on her game.
     
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  9. IA-SteveB

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    She is definitely hitting the ball well. Marathon training while keeping up with sprints/intervals and such has certainly paid off for her. She is barely breathing hard after a long rally and needs little recovery time. With her stellar defense and a little bit of offense, she will be tough to beat. I am happy for her and this could be her time.
     
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    How do you know she is "keeping up with sprints/intervals and such"? Because it's a reasonable thing to assume, which I agree, or because she said so explicitly?
     
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  11. wannabe good

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    BTW, if Wozniacki wins US Open, I expect marathon training will replace gluten-free diet as a new fad among aspiring tennis players.
     
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  12. sportsfan1

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    I was surprised to see Woz attack as well. She hit quite a few winners. Her BH has always been better than her FH, in terms of offense. But now she's being more aggressive. But the FH I thought was still a little weak/soft and kept giving mid court balls off that wing. Front court game is weak and the 2HBH slice sucks, but that's true for most of wta.
    And she's looking hotter too.
     
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    indeed, a lot; saw her in Montreal
     
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    Watching her play her shots reminded me of Azeranka, but she moves better
     
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    She stated this in the post match interview last night. She even called out her trainer in the stands for pushing her so hard on the training regimen.
     
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  16. wannabe good

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    Oh, OK, thanks. I never watch those. Even the usual ones make me cringe. I had to quickly rich for the remote and turn off TV in horror when Vika started singing.
     
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    If she has beaten Sharapova then definitely things must be going good for her. If Serena falls into one of her "can't put a ball in court" days then definitely this title is Caroline's to take.
     
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    Caro has been a pure retriever for so long that it's easy to forget she wasn't always this way. As a teenager she was a bit more fearless, and could almost be described as a counterpuncher instead of the pure retrieving.

    This match against Serena from 2009 is a good example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex6hj7slkW4

    After that? Maybe the pressure of being a top player got to her, or maybe her coach-dad encouraged it, but she smoothed away any and all aggression from her game, and as a result she fell off.

    If she can become comfortable with throwing in some more offense from time to time (as she's done this tournament), then who knows what might happen?
     
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    Will this improved Wozniacki is good enough to beat Serena?

    If she can, there's a changing of the guard in women tennis.
     
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    We watched her practice in Cincy last year and I was amazed at how hard she hit the ball. But when she played her matches she reverted to defensive mode. This year we watched her practice in Cincy and again she was smoking the ball. Difference now is that she plays more points the way she practices. Not all, but more.
     
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    Wozniacki has been in this situation before, against much weaker opponents and still found a way to lose the majors (with Serena absent). Here we are again, with the possibility of another US Open semifinals win, but the difference being she might be facing a healthy Serena Williams in the finals.

    Once again, until Wozniacki can prove she has the mental and physical prowess to win a grand slam event, she's no different a player than she was three years ago.

    #PTL

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    Yep, it's clear that she channeled her focus and energy into rededicating herself to her fitness, and that extra strength and better conditioning is going straight to her game and her confidence.

    "Hotniacki" has a certain ring to it, no?
     
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    I have no idea what will happen in the Wozniacki/Peng match. I'm expecting it to go to 3 sets given their current form.
    At this stage I expect the nerves to start getting to Peng seeing as she's within touching distance of her maiden GS final where as Woz' has already been to one, albeit in 2009. Having said that Peng has won the Wimbledon, Roland Garros and Tour Championships doubles titles so she's hardly inexperienced when it comes to the nerves.
     
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  24. jdubbs

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    If you think she's no different than 3 years ago, then obviously you aren't watching her play and just ignoring her results this year, with wins against Sharapova and taking Serena to 3 sets. She's easily 75% more of an offensive player and if you watched her play, you would see that.
     
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    Wozniacki's record against the top 10 has been abysmal. Beating Maria was a huge win for her. How this will translate into a US Open win remains to be seen. Wozniacki's history in the later rounds of majors is not great. Given Serena is 17-4 in grand slam finals, Wozniacki's chances of breaking through to win this US Open are minimal.

    #PTL

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  26. winstonlim8

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    I've always wished Sunshine Caroline well and it's good to see her playing so much better
     
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    Didn't people (most) say similarly about Stosur prior to her USO? Granted Stosur has shown little since, but she's still on the RoH. Wozniacki, if she makes the breakthrough, I'm sure is made of sterner stuff. Good luck to her.
     
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