As a rookie, you have to either win big, or defeat a big gun to make a name for yourself. That's precisely what Mao did (beating Sasha at TEB and Irina at GPF) and Yuna did (beating Kimmie at TEB and beating Mao at GPF) on their first senior season. Caro hasn't defeated the skaters at the very top, but she has beaten Kostner, Nakano, and Ando to name a few. If she outskates any one of the top 3 during the gps next season (with the help of one of them having a meltdown, she can seal the deal, that is, judges will take her seriously. I hope she goes Yuna route and gets a short program with lots of flair to boost pcs as well as the standing/reputation going into the long program.