“I know I can win a Slam”-Caroline Wozniacki
Well, I know it too. And so do most fans of tennis. But “can win” a Slam and “winning a Slam” are two different things. Certainly, she has the talent and ability, which was on display in the Family Circle Cup final as she beat Elena Vesnina, 6-2 6-3. Give Vesnina credit, she tried to shorten the angles on Caroline, hitting closer into the court, but Caroline as usual ran everything down. It was smart to not just try to bash through Caroline, but you have to have a bit more variety to beat her. Bash sometimes, loop balls deep sometimes, mix in slice, flat, topspin. It takes discipline, as Andrea Petkovic admitted to after beating Caroline in Miami. Players are trained to be baseline bashers from an early age these days. It’s almost part of their DNA to hit hard. And if that doesn’t work, hit harder. But a win over Elena Vesnina, with all due respect, and a third title of the year doesn’t equal a Major win. Only winning a Major equals that, and Caroline will soon have her chance at Roland Garros to prove she can do it and not be this generation’s Elena Dementieva, superbly talented (except for Elena’s serve) but falling short in Majors.
Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka continued her sharp play by ending the Cinderella run of Irina-Camelia Begu in Marabella, winning 6-3 6-2. But the Andalucia Tennis Experience, as the tournament is officially called, was a breakthrough for Begu. Hopefully we will see much more of her. But speaking of the talent to win a Major, don’t sleep on Azarenka, who won her second straight title of 2011. I thought that after beating Serena in Miami and some other notable wins in 2009 that 2010 would be the big year for Azarenka. Unfortunately, the lasting memory I have of Azarenka’s 2010 was her fainting spell at the US Open. Maybe 2011 is going to be that breakthrough year.
FAMILY CIRCLE CUP
ANDALUCIA TENNIS EXPERIENCE