I blame fat cursors for this so I use the DMZ cursor theme. Still, the issue you mention seems to be generic to linux as I have exactly the same problem in KDE. The corner grips are simply not big enough and it takes a lot of mouse manoeuvering to be able to grab them. Sometimes I give up in frustration and resize windows using the horizontal and vertical grips independently.
That said, it's more likely due to the mouse being set to too high a resolution. I have one of those new-fangled Microsoft Sidewinder mice that has on-the-fly adjustable resolution. Dropping the mouse to a lower resolution results in success. You might look at your mouse settings and adjust the resolution down a bit so that it takes a bit more mouse movement to cover a given distance.
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