Caroline Wozniacki battled Nuria Llagostera Vives in her first-round match at the 2011 US Open. She declared right away that she was ready to make a push for her first ever Grand Slam title.
It didn't take long for the cream to rise to the top as Wozniacki was the more precise and empowered player. Here we will delve deeper into the initial step Woz took to prove her critics wrong.
Wozniacki had the comfort of facing an unseeded player that was on her back heels all game. She had 22 winners and made 17 unforced errors. Vives hit 14 winners against 28 unforced errors.
There is something different about Woz who was the aggressor throughout the match. She has always flourished as a defensive player, but was on her game when it came to volleys. Wozniacki was 14 of 17 on points that she finished at the net. She was certainly gunning for Vives.
Wozniacki wins: 6-3, 6-1
Can Caroline Wozniacki outlast the field and win US Open?
There is hardly a bigger name in women's tennis, nor is there a bigger game. The match was all about Caroline Wozniacki. My regrets to the few Vives fans that were rooting her on.
Wozniacki has been trying to quiet her critics all year as she continues her pursuit of an elusive Grand Slam title. The sentiment is that Woz lacks the killer instinct that would help her capture a lauded tournament title.
If anything can be gained from a first-round match, it's that Wozniacki is going to push her game to the limits in the next couple of weeks.
NEXT UP FOR CAROLINE WOZNIACKI
The No. 1 ranked woman in the world will try her hand against Arantxa Rus. The 20-year-old Dutch player will be chomping at the bit to take down the best in the world.
Rus took out Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-4, making it the third Grand Slam of the year that she was able to get out of the first round.
Wozniacki will no doubt employ the same versatile effort that has marked her play since Wimbledon. The missing link is the killer instinct that must accompany her every step of the way. Only then will she truly be on top of the tennis world.