These two played a dire match at the USO that Pavlyuchenkova really messed up, not surprised she rectified it here. The fall has quietly cometh for Bertens.
Bertens has been terrible since Rome, something not quite right for a while. Vulnerable and under performing despite a few wins.
Losing to Konta on slow clay really messed with her head.
Incredible to think Pavly was1 set away from reaching the Australian Open SF....She can be so dangerous, complete player who plays the right way, a pure talent. Can easily see why Sumyk chose to help her.
Since RG, I'd say. The Konta loss was not a bad loss, especially given the circumstances of the backed-up schedule and Bertens' fatigue from winning Madrid.
The RG loss really reminded me of Nadia Petrova in 2006. Perennial top tenner who GOATed so much in the clay warmups that for one time only she was considered as one of the favourites to win a Slam. Both of them were then struck down at RG by injury/illness - both definitely legit but you suspect there was an element of throwing in the towel as well. But it has to affect you, on the brink of making it big and crashing out like that.
Bertens has actually reached two International finals since but the manner in which she lost both might have just made things worse.
Originally Posted by Cindy and Kate
Lets wait and see if by the middle of the next season she's playing like a brainless pusher with no FH
More seriously, I am not sure if Pavs is going to get that much better now regardless of coach. She's pretty much sailed all these years "peaking" in a couple of tournaments every season no one really cares about and adding no depth at all to her game or improving her rallying skills, for which she's always shown little instinct, but who knows, stranger things have happened. If Sumyk doesn't take it to the extreme he did with Muguruza, with her consent, I guess, and nullifies her weapons (aggression), she could improve her margin by playing everything CC, like Garbiñe was doing. It's not much, but at least she won't be sending balls 1 mtr wide/long every second shot. Also grinding is not kind on bodies, and Pavs is not exactly the fitness queen, so I hope this time they will find a good balance.
Pavs is fitter than people give her credit for, look at her three-set record. Even before she lost weight I remember her winning b2b three-setters in one day to win one of her Monterrey finals. It's funny, when she was chunky people said all she needed to do to fulfil her potential was lose weight. Then she did and had exactly the same type of random results as before because the problem all along was her brain, not her body.
Genuinely can't imagine what Sumyk or frankly anyone can do for Pavlyuchenkova, if only because she seems completely content with her randomness.