Hmm, one way to interpret that is that Caroline still has no one specific in mind. If that is true that does not give her much time to find a new coach and work with them in the offseason. Ideally she should be comfortable with this new coach and have had time to work with them before the start of next year.
Hmm. Yeah. And then I can just see this horrible scenario that Caro says she isn't comfortable with it at the end of the season or start of next year and tries to persuade Piotr to stay with her. This is tough for Piotr if Caro doesn't commit to this plan herself.
On a coach for Caro's game:
I really do think that the overall strategy of controlled aggression with sound defence she has talked about and is trying to play is the right way to go and I don't want a coach to try to change that strategy. It's specific technical aspects of her game to implement this strategy where she needs to improve and a coach to help her.
A few examples are her forehand. The Eurosport commentators were talking about it. Her weights all wrong leaning back and on her right foot. Remember Natalie (Swiss Miss) saying she was sitting right next to Piotr watching Caro at Cinci and likied her match and how she was playing except "her forehand drove me nuts - leaning to the left ...".
Then there's her volleying. goldenlox has been critical of her going to the net. I'm not so sure I agree on that particular one. I think she needs to get better at the net rather than not go there. And she loses quite a few points there against Halep anyway because she just didn't finish off a lot of easy balls and gives her opponent the opportunity to pass her. I remember her even less than two years ago making some really good volleys off some pretty good passing shots and thinking - And people say she can't volley. But her volleying has actually got worse.
And drop shots. Admittedly they were awful against Halep. Actually those were the points she inexplicably got away with against Halep. Bit I'd like her to continue with the strategy of the occasional drop-shot - just get better at it.
I think that in 2012 - there was a lot of confusion between what type of player she had to be. I think that now it's clear what type of game she'd trying to play and it's consistent with what she says and what Piotr says. And if any coach tried to change that overall strategy - it could be very confusing. It's a case of getting better at implementing those areas above plus trying to keep her errors down on bread and butter shots and not forgetting to make sure her backhand remains a force but is reliable.