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I’ve Found That Hero

October 31, 2009

Caroline Wozniacki may not have the game I like, but she sure does have the guts. I became a reluctant fan at the US Open, the way she acted in the presentation ceremony was utterly sweet and cute. She has none of the drama of JJ, Azarenka, Serena, or… and I say this reluctantly because she is my favourite, Sharapova. Caroline has something that a lot of the other players don’t. She has charm. Elena Dementieva and Ana Ivanovic may display it from time to time, but with Caroline it really does shine through. Her behaviour, on and off court, is impeccable. Despite the fact she’s a pusher, it is absolutely impossible to dislike her.

If her personality wasn’t enough, I am sure there are a few more Caroline fans after Doha this week. With tears streaming down her face, a leg cramping up, abdominal injuries, and lord only knows what else, Caroline dogfought her way through Doha, eventually finding herself in the semi finals. I have no doubt that with the state her body was in, many other players, (do I even need to say her name?), would have retired or not played at all. Not Caroline, she proved that although she may not have the firepower of the likes of Sharapova and the Williams girls, she too has the mentality and the fight needed to win. I am sure there are a lot of girls in the top ten right now that would trade forehands with her if they could have her mentality. Afterall, a strong mentality is a lot harder to learn than a powerful forehand.

Caroline Wozniacki probably doesn’t quite have the game yet to win slams. Eventually she is going to run into a Clijsters or a Williams or perhaps a back-to-their-best Henin or Sharapova, and I can’t see her beating them. But she does have the mentality of a slam winner. At the age of 19, Caroline has plenty of time improve her serve and forehand, and if she does the rest of the field better watch out, because from I can see, mentally she is already on that podium.


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