Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Singapore player focus: Caroline Wozniacki

Season Highlights

Post Wimbledon, nobody would have expected Caroline Wozniacki to make it to the elite 8. The Dane was nursing a broken heart from a very public breakup, and seemed lost on the courts. It all changed in Istanbul, where she cruised to the title barely losing games. This gave her the confidence boost, posting incredibly consistent results thereafter. Her highlight of the season has to be her great run to the finals in US Open, where she upset Sharapova in straight sets, and destroyed Sara Errani's game in double quick time. 

Game style 

Wozniacki is the tireless retriever who plays her best tennis when being pulled around the court. Her best asset is her never give up attitude, together with her outstanding court coverage. With a dependable first serve and backhand, she earns easy points when her first serve percentage is up. However, her less than lethal forehand and second serve puts her on the defensive immediately. Not a natural volleyer, Wozniacki can venture to the net to put away easy high balls, but her instinctive volleys are not spectacular. 

Chances of winning Singapore: 30%

The hard indoor surface of Singapore will put her loopy forehand to the test. Opponents will be looking to break down that wing and take charge of the points from then on. Caroline is not her best on fast surfaces, so I don't think she will win it all. With her recent small dip in form, I think Wozniacki's chances here are slim. She might win a match in the round robin stage, but she won't advance to the last 4.  

Prediction: Round Robin

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