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Yes, Garbi needs Conchita!!!

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This is actually Pliskova’s second coaching change this year. First she hired Stubbs. Stubbs brought on Conchita for extra support while Stubbs is busy commentating. Then Pliskova dropped Stubbs and kept Conchita.

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Stubbs and Karo split because Stubbs couldn't devote enough time to be Karo's coach and moving to Conchita on a permanent basis was just more stable. I think that was both the player and coach recognising that it wasn't a workable relationship. This however seems all Karo as Conchita seemed very happy and was clearly committed to being a full-time coach.

I don't really feel good about this change. It seems like Karo has decided that her career plan from now is to go big or go home, and that bravery is admirable. That said, I really don't know if Conchita should be the one to blame for her mental struggles this year and Karo's game has been consistently very good, which is why she ended the year at #2. Obviously we don't know much about what's going on and maybe Conchita's lack of belief for Karo at the slams was part of the problem (I think she had the quote this year that "Lots of players had great careers without a slam" when asked about Karo), but I feel like there should be other options for improvement than replacing the coach who got you to earn $5 million this year.

More than anything I guess, it's a bit sad to see Karo so clearly dissatisfied with what she's achieved this year. It was the best year of her career and she'll be lucky to replicate it no matter what situation arises. Not every player can be the best and she may come to regret saying no to winning four titles a year and ending the year #2. Especially given that there's likely a bit of "oh god, 30 is approaching" here too, and I don't think this "slam or nothing" pressure on is going to help at all.

I must say, Conchita is going to have a very strong case for 2020 coaching as she's had immense success with two top players now. Anyone is going to want the person who took Karo from #8 to #2 in a strong year and got Garbine a slam when she seemed on the way down. I hope she finds a great player and lots of success.
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Good. Wasn´t working. Shows Pliskova still has the ambition to win a big title. Most players would have been satisfied with this season.
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Re: No.2 Karolina Pliskova parts ways with Conchita Martinez

I think she has enough money now that she can afford to take more risks for the sake of glory.
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Conchita can have her pick of whoever she wants to coach. I have someone in mind............

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Good. Wasn´t working. Shows Pliskova still has the ambition to win a big title. Most players would have been satisfied with this season.
Karolina Pliskova will never win a Slam. She doesn't have the mental mind for it IMO!
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Come on, Puig, snatch her !!!!
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Would be interesting. On the one hand, Conchita and Monica would have a long partnership. On the other hand, is Monica Slam-winning material?
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Would be interesting. On the one hand, Conchita and Monica would have a long partnership. On the other hand, is Monica Slam-winning material?
Conchita will express herself better in Spanish and turn her into an MM specialist.
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What Pliskova wants she can't have and that is foot speed. It's not something you can get by coaching.

The other thing is she doesn't like/want to come forward unless it's on her terms. If a player is smart enough to make her move not only laterally but with short balls that force her to have to come in she is useless and resorts to serve botting.

It'll be interesting to see who she chooses.

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even conchi couldn't deny physics, that much is obvious.


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She improved her speed and movement during that period. Maybe she wanted a slam.
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I was very surprised by the improvement in her movement and defense in some of the matches this year.
Ka Plis was defending like a 5'5 clay courter in some of her matches.
This coaching move doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but there are always other factors only the insiders know about.
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Really curious who Conchita ends up working with. Am I crazy for thinking Mladenovic might be a good fit?
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Re: No.2 Karolina Pliskova parts ways with Conchita Martinez

That's a shame - I think that Conchita was good for Karolina.

I wonder who (if anyone) Conchita will coach next?

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