2013 results, Maybe?
They've been through tough times before. And as I pointed out earlier, most of her poor year is due to her calf injury, which screwed up her preparation for the clay season. She earned something in the area of 1000 points less on clay than she has in the preceding 3-4 years, yet she's still on the brink of top 10. If you add even half that to her current ranking, she would never have dropped out of the top 10 at all.
I have the feeling something else has happened, although it could be that frustration at her poor year was the catalyst for that.
Martina could give Sam some fine tips in an advisory role. But yes I agree, whether she's a day to day coach is another thing. Martina is involved in so many things, Id find it hard for her to commit to coaching one player.
I'm totally with you on this. I think Martina could be a great coach for Sam. She's tough, but not a hardass. She knows how to win. She's mentally very tough. And she's been through some things in her career, like being coached that she cannot be friends with opponents, being much more emotional than most anyone knew at the time, weight struggles, and having so much hatred directed toward her by the American public when she came out. The point is that she came through all of that and realized that she could just be herself and be a tough competitor without being a bitch.
We've already seen Sam become this new "steely-Sam" who can lose a first set and fight like hell to come back and win the match. I really think Martina could help her further that toughness. She has already expressed some interest in coaching Sam, although she might be quite expensive. She was rumored to be in consideration to coach Wozniacki last year, but Woz wouldn't pay what she wanted.....but you never know....Woz could have just been too cheap to pay it, or Martina could have been asking for a crazy amount of money. Even so, Sam is getting closer to the end of her career, and maybe she will think it's worth paying whatever it costs just to get a shot at some more tournament wins.
That said, Maursemo would also be a choice I'd be happy with.
I agree that Martina as a full-time coach would probably not work, whther Sam could afford her or not. She has always had a soft spot for Sam, so I could see her being a bit more flexible in any negotiations with her than she was with Woz, but she'd still be very expensive, and anyway as Louloubelle pointed out she has fingers in all sorts of pies that she couldn't just drop to look after Sam full time.
It could be interesting for Sam to hire her for a particular season/slam, but it's hard to say which would be best if she did that. She might be able to help her to overcome her Aussie demons, but that could be risky and end up putting more pressure on Sam. I don't think she needs much help for the USO season, and the grass season is probably too short for her to have much effect. But even though RG was probably her worst slam, I think Martina could really help Sam finally achieve her potential on clay. I don't think Sam needs much technical coaching for her clay game anyway, it would be more the tactical/mental side of things, and Martina could certainly help with that.
Anyway, this is pure speculation. I have no idea whether Martina is still interested, and whether Sam would take her up on it if she offered.