Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova says it was her decision to stop working with coach Sm Sumyk as she did not find their partnership working out. Speaking to the GoTennis.Ru website, the 28 year old Russian says, "The WTA told me that now is not the time to talk about a break with the coach - the situation is too complicated.
But since Sam himself decided to announce this, I think I also need to clarify something. This is my decision, so there is no question of any offense. He wanted to say that he was free, since I did not do this first. I think that on the contrary, it was for him that my decision to stop cooperation was unexpected.
It is unlikely that he was ready for this. Sam is an great coach. But I do not judge coaches by their name or merit. For me, the most important thing is the exchange of energy that occurs between people, not only in sports, but also in life.
Alas, many coaches have a huge ego and they too often repeat the word "I" Because of this, problems often arise."
Pavlyuchenkova continues, "After the US Open, we began working together. Sam flew to me in the south of France, where we spent a trial week of training, and then immediately went to Japan.
At the tournament in Osaka, I showed a good result, I played in the finals, although I can’t say that Sam has a great merit in this - all the same, by that time we had worked a little over a week. It’s important to consider that before starting work with Sam, I went through a difficult stage in my career.
I did not know what I would do and where to move. The training process was not built up for me, so it seemed that a tough coach who loves discipline would suit me. Next came good results - the final in Moscow, the quarter-finals at the Australian Open.
We did a great job, but the initiative to end our cooperation, as I said, came from me. I did this right after returning from Indian Wells. I felt something was wrong there, at the Australian Open. I did not like the atmosphere in the team, I could not open up on the court or beyond.
Yes, in Australia I showed a good result, but do not forget - a tennis player plays on the court, not a coach. It is important for me to maximize relations with the coach, with the team - this is the key to success, without which progress is impossible.
In such matters, I am guided by my feelings. Now I have a great desire, and the motivation to win, I still want to win a lot and achieve. I set myself the highest bar. I feel sports hunger, ready to work hard. Everything else - the name, age, origin of the coach, whom he coached before me and how many titles he won - does not matter.
I began to understand this only with age and experience." The Russian says she does have some names in mind when it comes to new coaches but that she will only disclose the same when it comes closer to playing the tournaments.