London | Pliskova changes coaches

Ten days ago, former World No 1 Karolina Pliskova split with her coach Sascha Bajin after a little less than two years of working together and has now announced a new partnership in the hope of finding more success on the upcoming North American hard court swing.

It was an incredible time and I learned a lot! Mainly how to be more positive and believe in myself :) One of the best coaches out there, good luck my friend. Karolina Pliskova

The 30-year-old Czech made the announcement on social media, calling her partnership with Bajin ‘an incredible time’ and lauding the German as ‘one of the best coaches out there’.

“Even good things something comes to an end,” Pliskova wrote on Instagram after Wimbledon. “I would like to thank @BigSascha for everything he did for me and my team.

“It was an incredible time and I learned a lot! Mainly how to be more positive and believe in myself 🙂 One of the best coaches out there, good luck my friend.”


Karolina Pliskova parted company with coach Sascha Bajin 10 days ago and has now hired Leos Friedl ahead of the upcoming North American hard court swing

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Pliskova teamed up with Bajin, who was a former hitting partner to Serena Williams before he coached Naomi Osaka to 2 of her 4 Grand Slam titles, ahead of the 2021 season.

The 2018 WTA Coach of the Year, Bajin also worked with Kristina Mladenovic and Dayana Yastremska prior to linking with Pliskova.

Their partnership bore fruit that summer when Pliskova reached her 2nd Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, where she was beaten in 3 sets by Ash Barty.

She also reached WTA 1000 finals in Rome and Montreal, returned to World No 3 in the rankings, and qualified for the AKRON WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.

After missing the Australian Open and Middle East swing with a broken arm she suffered in the off-season, Pliskova made her 2022 debut at the BNP Paribas Open in March and is 9-11 on the year so far, with her best result being a semi-final showing at the Internationaux de Strasbourg just prior to Roland Garros, while she also reached the quarter-finals at the bett1open in Berlin.


Karolina Pliskova and Leos Friedl worked together last year when Sascha Bajin had visa issues and could not travel

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Now she has hired a fellow Czech Leos Friedl as her new coach ahead of the upcoming North American hard court swing, who is a former doubles No 14 and well-known to her, the two having worked together at Wimbledon and the US Open last year, when Bajin could not travel with Pliskova due to visa issues.

Friedl attained a career-high ATP singles ranking 353, achieved on 13 November 2000, and won 16 ATP Tour doubles titles, often partnering with Czech Frantisek Cermak, as well as the 2001 Wimbledon mixed-doubles title with Daniela Hantuchova, where they beat Mike Bryan & Liezel Huber, 4–6 6–3 6–2.

This is believed to be Friedl’s first formal coaching partnership on the WTA Tour.




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