WTA Tour

Karolina Pliskova hires Osaka's ex-coach Bajin

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Karolina Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova

World number six Karolina Pliskova said on Friday she had hired Sascha Bajin as her new coach for the 2021 season.

Pliskova published a photo on Facebook and Twitter featuring Bajin, fitness coach Azuz Simchich and a caption saying "Team Pliskova 2021".

The 36-year-old German, Bajin led Naomi Osaka to back-to-back Grand Slam wins at the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in 2019.

The 2018 WTA Coach of the Year has also worked with Serena Williams, Kristina Mladenovic and Dayana Yastremska.

Pliskova, the 2016 US Open finalist and former world number one, announced she had parted ways with coach Dani Valverdu, hired for 2020, earlier this month.

The 28-year-old Czech won her first tournament of the year in Brisbane and reached the final in Rome in September, but she failed to get beyond the round of 32 at the season's three Grand Slams.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Manchester City 1
Crystal Palace 0
loading... Live
Australia 369/10 & 21/0
India 336/10
loading... Live
Sri Lanka 135/10 & 359/10
England 421/10 & 38/3
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
41% - 11294 votes
12% - 3231 votes
19% - 5079 votes
2% - 673 votes
1% - 268 votes
2% - 635 votes
5% - 1395 votes
8% - 2309 votes
3% - 910 votes
Water sports
1% - 243 votes
American sports
1% - 327 votes
3% - 885 votes