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What he said:
“She’s certainly not the best player in the world at her best, but at her worst she’s probably the best player in the world compared to the others."
Seven-time major winner and former Numero Uno Mats Wilander questions Caroline Wozniacki’s pedigree despite her finishing No.1 two years in succession.
The Dane has yet to win a major falling short every time in her Grand Slam aspirations.
"The thing is we know she can win small tournaments, what we don’t know is if mentally she can win the big ones. We know Wozniacki has the head to be consistent but we don’t know if she’s got the head to wrap her thoughts around winning a Grand Slam. Her game is not there just yet."
Wilander said he feels that Wozniacki is clueless at the majors because she cannot access on-court coaching.
"To be honest, the mistake that she is doing is that she is getting different treatment on the WTA tour than she does at the Grand Slams because of the on-court coaching. You have to look at the obvious reasons I’m not in favor of it for her because she seems lost compared to when she’s getting coached."
Consistency, rather than brilliance, is the reason for Wozniacki’s ascendancy, says Wilander:
“The ranking is the result of not necessarily being the best player in the world, it’s the result of being the most consistent player in the world. That’s what it reflects.”
Wilander questioned Wozniacki’s commitment to winning Slams:
"Her range is very narrow, very even. But is she playing to be the No. 1 in the world, to win lots of matches and make a lot of money or is she playing to win grand slams. I guess you’ll have to ask her that."
Wilander believes that Czech Petra Kvitova has the weapons and the temperament to dethrone the Dane of Polish origin:
"Absolutely. Kvitova is going to be inconsistent because of the way she plays but mentally she is very consistent. She always looks for a way out and looks to come forward and be aggressive, she is happy to go to the net and make her opponents miss.
She is very natural in figuring out what she needs to do with her game. Unlike Caroline she’s already proved she can raise her game to win a slam."
What Mats Wilander really meant:
“The best of Ms. Wozniacki does not quite match the best of the likes of Li Na, Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova or Vera Zvonareva. Her worst, however, is better than their worst. The pendulum swings more in their case.”
What Mats Wilander definitely didn’t:
“How about Ms. Wozniacki endorsing ‘Cruise Control’?”