Iga Swiatek announces split with long-term coach

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Iga Swiatek announces split with long-term coach

World No. 9 Iga Swiatek has announced that she ended her partnership with long-term coach Piotr Sierzputowski. Swiatek worked with Sierzputowski for five years and he guided her to a maiden Grand Slam title and a top-10 ranking.

After five years of collaboration, Swiatek feels she needs a new change ahead of the 2022 season. "I’ve started my pre-season, but today I would like to tell you something significant… After more than 5 years I’ve decided to finish my cooperation with my coach Piotr Sierzputowski," Swiatek announced on Saturday.

"This change is really challenging for me and this decision wasn’t easy, either… As tennis players we meet on our path a lot of people who contribute great value into our work and, often, into our life too, because we spend almost the whole year on tour together.

I found out that sometimes in our professional life we need changes to develop more, evolve and meet other people with whom we’re going to create a cooperation for the next stages of our development."

Swiatek grateful to Sierzputowski

"I would like to thank you Coach for everything that you did for me.

We gave each other so much and I hope that we’ll continue to grow and develop with this experience we’ve gained together. I owe you a lot and truly appreciate the time we’ve spent together. All those years enabled us to be in the place that we are now," Swiatek added.

"I suppose you may have questions about what’s next. I have everything I need to be able to work and I would like to focus on my pre-season without any outside pressure. I hope you’ll understand it." Swiatek, 20, finished her season at the WTA Finals.

Swiatek failed to make it past the group stage in her WTA Finals debut as he won one and lost two matches in Gudalajara.