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By Adrianna Outlaw | Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Karolina Pliskova

"I felt like I needed a change so that’s why I did it," said Karolina Pliskova of her decision to split from coach David Kotyza.

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Karolina Pliskova launches the Asian swing with an independent outlook.

Pliskova was displaced from the world No. 1 ranking by Garbine Muguruza then revealed she parted company with coach David Kotyza.

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Arriving in Tokyo seeded second to Muguruza at this week's Toray Pan Pacific Open, Pliskova said she split from Koytza, who previously coached Petra Kvitova, because she needed a change.

“I think it was a good decision,” Pliskova told the media in Tokyo in comments published by Japan Times. “I feel OK, and it was my decision. I felt like I needed a change so that’s why I did it.”

The 2016 US Open finalist posted a 46-13 winning three titles—Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne—working with Kotyza. The WTA ace leader also contested semifinals in Indian Wells, Miami, Roland Garros and Cincinnati.

Pliskova will play upcoming tournaments without a coach while accompanied by her father, Radek, suggesting she will seek out a new coach for next season.

Previously, Pliskova spent two years working with Jiri Vanek, who went on to coach Pliskova.

“Obviously I need a coach, but it’s not the main thing in my team,” Pliskova said. “I can play good even without a coach. I’m going to stay out these three tournaments without a coach. My father will come, and I will see for next season.

“This year, it’s very open when Serena (Williams) is not there. There’s a chance for everybody, every Grand Slam has had a different winner. It’s very close in the top 10.”

Last fall, the 6’1” Czech wore down following her three-set loss to Angelique Kerber in the 2016 US Open final. Pliskova posted a 3-3 record during the 2016 Asian swing, finishing with a 4-5 record after the Flushing Meadows final.

Conceding fatigue is a factor nearly every fall season, the US Open quarterfinalist hopes change an be energizing this time.

“I feel a little bit tired going into this part (of the fall schedule) but I think it’s almost the same every year,” Pliskova said. “I’ve had so many matches this year, so many tournaments—a lot of traveling.

“I think it’s normal that I’m tired but I want to do the best I can for the last three or maximum four tournaments. The trip to the States was quite solid, could have been better, but I played some good matches so there’s no reason not to feel confident.”

Pliskova opens against qualifier Magda Linette and if she wins, the second seed would play either Kerber in a US Open final rematch, or Daria Kasatkina, for a quarterfinal spot.


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