Re: Changing the coach
What an excellent job Wim Fissette and Sam Verslegers have done with Sabine
Her defence, fitness & movement have improved greatly, and she has shown a genuine balance between power & touch
She was very quick to play down the Serena victory, suggesting there was still 3 matches to win.
I think Fissette's influence & getting her brain into slam winning mode shouldn't be ignored here
I donīt think he had anything to do with the fitness part of her game actually. She came out of the off-season in top shape. She worked her butt off, well not literally.
It just didnīt show due to her usual illness/injury/mental problems. I think the biggest influence he probably had on her is the actual preparation for the specific opponents. She is still an irrational confidence player at this stage. There is no other place in the world she turns around these matches against Serena and Radwanska. At least for now. His challenge in the coming months will be to make her a player that can control her emotions, improve and utilize her skills, when things are not going so well. We all knew that she needed a coaching change and maybe she finally found the right person. I was skeptical after the Sanchez blow-up. Iīm just happy that she didnīt go back to her father as a full-time coach, but continued her search. Coaching daddies seem an outdated concept at the very top level.
I am not a fan of the direction a lot of Maria threads have taken over the last 12 months.
The undertone is very disappointing, aggressive and the comments are sometimes rude to a player just trying to earn a living, playing her hardest and having a good amount of success given her god given, natural talents.
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