During the second half of 2014 Caroline Wozniacki in my opinion was the second best player on the WTA tour behind Serena Williams. Fast-forward to April 2016 and I don’t think I would have believed you if you had told me about 18 months later she’d be ranked outside the world’s top 20 and sat on a win/loss record of 8/7 going into the clay court season.
It has been announced that Caroline does have a new coach on her team. Caroline is coached by her father Piotr and in the past has been coached by Sven Groeneveld, Ricardo Sanchez, Thomas Johansson, Thomas Hogstedt, Michael Mortensen, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario who didn’t really last too long at all but Petra Kvitova’s former coach David Kotyza has now joined the team after splitting with Petra earlier on in the season.
It was just a matter of time before a player signed up David as a coach and this is now a big opportunity for Wozniacki to hopefully turn her season around. She has some big points to defend in Stuttgart and Madrid over the next month or so and if she goes into Roland Garros ranked at 24 in the world it will be her lowest seed entry into a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2008 when she was ranked at 31.
The tour moves on quite quickly. Getting back to the top 10 in the world will be a massive challenge with already about 1500 points separating Wozniacki and the top 10 which is massive but achievable with a big win at a Mandatory event or even a Grand Slam?
History guarantees nothing thought. Caroline is a former world number one and Grand Slam finalist but like I said the tour has moved on. Since 2014 when Wozniacki was playing superb tennis we have seen the emergence of Muguruza, Bencic, Konta, Pliskova, Halep and Svitolina climb the rankings and improve their game.
It will be interesting to see how Wozniacki does leading up to Roland Garros and on the clay in Paris she hasn’t got past round two in the last three years and without a top 10 win so far this year she will need a few to improve her ranking dramatically ahead of the second Grand Slam of the year.