Despite her career-best season, Karolina Pliskova will not work with Conchita Martinez in 2020, as they decided to part way after the WTA Finals. Karolina has been one of the most consistent players in the last four seasons, finishing them all inside the top-8 and never leaving the top-10 after the US Open 2016.
During that period, the Czech claimed titles in Cincinnati, Brisbane and Rome, still seeking that elusive Grand Slam crown after reaching the final in New York in 2016 and two more semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
Karolina and Conchita started working together at the US Open last year where Karolina lost in the quarter-final to Seren Williams, staying together during the offseason and making their partnership official in February. Kicking off the season ranked 8th, Karolina claimed the title in Brisbane after using a favorable draw, defeating Serena Williams in the quarter-final at the Australian Open before losing to Naomi Osaka in three sets in the battle for the final.
The Czech was the quarter-finalist in Dubai and Indian Wells before advancing into the title match in Miami where she fell to Ashleigh Barty in straight sets. Karolina suffered an early exit in Stuttgart, Madrid and Roland Garros but used the most from her clay-court skills to claim the title in Rome, moving from seventh place to world no.
2. Pliskova played at her best in Eastbourne as well before another failure at Wimbledon where she never reached the quarter-final. Andreescu and Kuznetsova halted the Czech in the quarter-final in Toronto and Cincinnati ahead of the US Open where she couldn’t reach the quarters at the third straight Major.
Karolina lifted the trophy in Zhengzhou and advanced into the semi-final at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, losing to Ashleigh Barty in three sets to close the season. Pliskova will seek for a new coach ahead of the start of 2020 season.
“I decided I will no longer work with Conchita,” Pliskova said. “It was a tough decision, as the season was great. Thank you for all this year, and I wish you only the best. Life is a change!”
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