World no. 6 Karolina Pliskova will start the new season against Sorana Cirstea in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The Czech is pleased with her pre-season run, adding Sascha Bajin to her coaching squad and doing the right things on the practice court.
Karolina had a couple of good tournaments in 2020 and feels ready to take her game to a higher level in the season ahead of us, with an experienced coach by her side. "I feel I have had a solid six to seven weeks of pre-season; now, I need the time to get my rhythm back.
I have not played for five months, and that can be tough as well. Staying in a bio-bubble is perhaps not the easiest. But I have learned that I need to be appreciative of a lot of things in life. I don't want to complain about rules and tournaments.
We shouldn't be complaining as I can still do what I love to do no matter how my results go. I think it is too early to judge something, but Sascha has been putting in everything possible to make me feel at my best during the past few weeks.
I cannot say everything about it now as I don't want to be in heaven. Let us wait and see how things work out during the season. Sascha has had success with many players; that's a fact. He knows how to be in a big team.
He is super positive, and there are many positive people around him; that's what I need.
Karolina Pliskova will try to win a Major under the guidance of Sascha Bajin.
I am trying to find the right sort of people who put their entire heart into what they do.
I feel Sasha is one of them, and I am sure he will put his heart into my team. It's not always easy to make those big decisions. At some point, I go by my feeling. In the past, I have not made any bad decisions. Every time I have had a new coach, I have played okay as I still believe that most of the success on court lies in me and not just on the coach.
The coach is there to make me feel better and confident. I think that I am concentrating on both my weaknesses and my strong points on the court. The idea is to get a little better each time and ensure the shortcomings are not as weak as they were in the past.
I have to see what is working and what is not and look at ways to improve. Everything was tough for everyone in 2020, but now we know what to do. At the moment, the mindset is to play everything possible before the Australia Open with the hope that this season is better than last year," Karolina Pliskova said.