World No.2 Karolina Pliskova has confirmed she has split from her coach Conchita Martinez.
Former Wimbledon champion Martinez, who was second in the world herself during her playing career, began working with Pliskova on a full-time basis 10 months ago.
The Czech acquired four WTA titles in 2019 – the joint-most on the tour – but failed to make it beyond the fourth round of a grand slam after reaching the Australian Open semi-finals in January.
Last week, Pliskova was defeated in the last four of the season-ending WTA Finals by Ashleigh Barty.
“I decided I will no longer work with Conchita,” Pliskova wrote on her social media accounts.
“It was tough decision, as the season was great. Thank you for all this year, and wish you only the best. Life is a change!” Martinez, who coached Garbine Muguruza when she won Wimbledon in 2017, also posted a message on social media.
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“Just a little note to inform you that Karolina and I have decided to take different paths next year,” she said.
“It has been an incredible year full of great moments and emotions. I wish Kaja and her team the best for the future.”
Pliskova lifted trophies in Brisbane, Eastbourne and Zhengzhou this year, as well as at the Italian Open.
She was runner-up at the 2016 US Open and held the World No. 1 ranking in 2017 before Martinez joined her team.
Martinez worked with Garbine Muguruza, another former World No. 1, and helped her fellow Spaniard to the Wimbledon title in 2017.
However, after finishing their partnership following the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen 2019, the 27-year-old has not yet announced the name of her new coach. Earlier, before hiring Martinez as a full-time coach in February, Pliskova was mentored by Rennae Stubs for one year.
Martinez and Stubbs had been sharing coaching duties in Pliskova’s team after the Czech parted ways with Tomas Krupa in 2018.
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