Why Caroline Wozniacki Will Never Win a Grand Slam Tennis Title

Solomon RyanCorrespondent IIJune 7, 2011

Why Caroline Wozniacki Will Never Win a Grand Slam Tennis Title

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    It will take a big change in Caroline Wozniacki's game in order to win a grand slam.
    It will take a big change in Caroline Wozniacki's game in order to win a grand slam.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

    It’s plain and simple: Caroline Wozniacki will never win a Grand Slam title in her career.

    Although only 20 years old, Wozniacki has no potential. Her style of play ensures that she cannot beat better opponents, only weaker ones.

    Wozniacki has struggled her whole career to triumph over top players on the biggest stages, and it’s not just a coincidence that she has failed.

    Caroline Wozniacki may be the women’s No. 1 player according to the ranking system, but she doesn’t deserve to be. Here are the reasons Wozniacki will never win a Grand Slam tournament.

Too Defensive

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a backhand during the women's singles round two match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2011 in Par
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    This year’s French Open showed clearly why Wozniacki will never win one of the four major titles. When she lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the third round of this year’s French Open, even the casual tennis fans could see Wozniacki wasn’t fit to win a major slam.

    Hantuchova was pushing Wozniacki left and right like a rag doll. Since Wozniacki is a defensive player, her opponent usually decides to go on the offensive, and Wozniacki can’t handle that. She likes to get into rallies with her opponent waiting for them to make mistakes.

No Serve

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark serves during the women's singles round three match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2011 in Paris, Fr
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    Even though the women’s service game is not as important as it is in the men’s, serving is significant. Having an easy service game can help a player save energy for later games. Unfortunately, Wozniacki is always forced to play out long points and even longer games because of her game style. Difficult opponents like Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams pounce on Wozniacki’s second serve, already putting Wozniacki at a disadvantage.

Can't Handle Strong Players

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    DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 31:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark retires from her match against Serena Williams of the United States during the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on October 31,
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    There is a common theme with Wozniacki: She can’t beat players who play aggressively. Serena Williams has won two both of her matches against Wozniacki. Maria Sharapova has won three and lost two. Kim Clijsters has her both of their two match-ups. And Samantha Stosur has won three and lost two, including their last two meetings.

    In Wozniacki’s last four Grand Slam events she has made it to the semi-finals twice, the fourth round once, and the third round once. Those aren’t terrible showings, but the opponents she played weren’t fit for Wozniacki’s play. The opponents she played to get so far in the tournaments allowed Wozniacki to play her game. The opponents she lost to pounced on her weaknesses. She lost to Li Na, Vera Zvonareva, Daniela Hantuchova, and Petra Kvitova. All of these players hit the ball with a lot of force and are mentally stronger than Wozniacki.

Lack of Net Game

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    PARIS - MAY 30:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a forehand volley during the women's singles fourth round match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Flavia Pennetta of Italy on day eight of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2010 in Par
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    One of the major problems Wozniacki faces is that she has no net game—she is strictly a baseline player. When she plays a tough opponent, like a Clijsters, Wozniacki lives and dies by her baseline play. Clijsters, who is a great baseline player as well, mixes it up and comes to net to put away the points more quickly and more decisively.

No Confidence and No Will

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 27:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark shows her dejection during a break in the women's singles round three match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on M
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    Wozniacki is too nice. When players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, or Serena Williams smell victory, they never let go. They have that gotcha mentality that only few players have, and Wozniacki certainly doesn’t have it. Sometimes Wozniacki lets up when she knows she is about to lose.

    Most recently at the French Open, she complained for five minutes about an out-call during her match against Aleksandra Wozniak. The delay came at a crucial point in the match and put Wozniacki down set point. Video evidence showed the ball Wozniacki hit was out. The over-the-top outburst showed that Wozniacki had no confidence in her ability to win the match, which she went on to do. Wozniacki needs to believe in herself more.

Too Much Wear and Tear

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    INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 21:  Jelena Jankovic (L) of Serbia is congratulated at the net by Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during the final of the BNP Paribas Open on March 21, 2010 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.  (Photo by M
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    Wozniacki is very comparable to former No. 1 player Dinara Safina in that they play a lot of matches. They don’t necessarily beat good players, but any win helps get their ranking up. As we have seen with Jelena Jankovic, Safina, and Wozniacki, their bodies can’t handle that much tennis. They need time off to rest.

    Another comparable stat with these women is that they are not great players; they just beat the players who they are supposed to beat. Wozniacki has played 48 singles matches this year and won 40. Kim Clijsters, ranked No. 2 in the world has played 27 singles matches. The difference is Clijsters has won four Grand Slams in her career. Wozniacki will always be a top-5 player, but her career will surprise you because after all the matches she has played, she will have zero Grand Slam titles.