Karolina Pliskova not very confidently started the season 2021, at the competition in Abu Dhabi the Czech finished the fight for the trophy in the second round losing to Anastasia Gasanova in two sets.
Karolina is currently competing at the Yarra Valley Classic, where she will compete for the trophy against other tennis players, including Ashleigh Barty, Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin, and many others.
Whether or not Karolina will be able to win her first Grand Slam of the year we’ll know later. This season Pliskova will be helped by a new coach – Sascha Bajin.
Karolina Pliskova’s сurrent coach is Sasha Bajin
The Czech who has often experienced fairly rapid changes in her box and who in recent years had a dual figure next to her, since the summer of 2018, now seems to return to a central figure in the guise in this case of the German who in the last decade has been the protagonist of important successes first with Serena Williams, then with Victoria Azarenka and finally with Naomi Osaka.
It will be interesting, then, to see what Bajin will be able to give to a player of great value and potential but who at the age of 29 has always missed out on winning Grand Slam tournaments. The numbers are there, the strokes are there and in the best periods Pliskova has often pulled off important performances also at a mental level. However, they must begin a journey and therefore build their relationship. It will be interesting first of all to understand if the coach will move from Florida, where she lives and often makes stops, and how she will want to set up the work.
His last two precedents have not been memorable: after the abrupt separation with Osaka he had decided to help Kristina Mladenovic, a sort of agreement between friends, but at the end of the year he started dealing with Dayana Yastremska.
The Frenchwoman was very disappointed, but could not do much. Despite the fact that the collaboration with the Ukrainian seemed to start under very interesting aspects, over time imperfections, cracks were born, which in the second part of the season led to the breakup after the US Open, with Yastremska who had not taken well the compliments of Bajin in Osaka and in general a feeling of trust that was lacking on the part of both.
Karolina Pliskova past coaches
Pliskova had made it to the top thanks first to her father and then to Jiri Vanek, then from the end of 2016 began a long pinwheel. Vanek moved on to coach Petra Kvitova and she, who never fully accepted this surprise move, tried to have David Kotyza next to her with whom, however, there were differences of views that ended the relationship already 10 months later.
Thomas Krupa arrived, at the beginning of 2018, but in July the couple broke up because Pliskova was fed up, and said it several times, of the enormous negativity of the Czech coaches. She wanted a change and from there a completely different path began. Rennae Stubbs and Conchita Martinez arrived, there was a turning point and a maturation, but the Australian had to leave after 2019 Australian Open, and unfortunately despite the many placings, something was always missing even with Conchita, ending up separating a bit melancholically at the end of the season.
For 2020 there was another change of philosophy: arrived in an official capacity (but the two had already been in contact for some time) Olga Savchuk, very close friend of Karolina, and the novelty Dani Vallverdu, coach for several years in the ATP circuit but at the first experience in the WTA one and who split in 2020 between her and Stan Wawrinka. As in 2019, there were placings, good performances, a title, but since the resumption of the circuit was a major collapse. Vallverdu was no longer seen, she herself showed a fairly poor overall condition and bad defeats came.