Updates: 09.07.2021 16:33
London – The positive attitude of coach Saschi Bajin led tennis player Karolína Plíšková to the Wimbledon final. According to a native of Serbia with a German passport, the Czech player must believe in her abilities in Saturday’s duel for the title on the London grass.
Plíšková will compete with the world number one Ashleigh Barty for the premiere grand slam laurel. The Australian has already won Roland Garros, but this is also the first time in the Wimbledon final.
“The most important thing will be to trust your own weapons, to go for the win,” Bajin, 36, told an online news conference. “Of course there is a lot at stake, the role will be played mainly by nerves, but he must not think about mistakes. He has great service and he has to play aggressively,” he said.
Bajin has twice celebrated his grand slam title as coach. After eight years as a sparring partner of American Serena Williams, he was led by Naomi Osaka. And he helped the Japanese to triumph at the US Open in 2018 and in a few months to win the Australian Open.
He has been leading Plíšková since the end of November, and upon his arrival he declared that the main goal was a grand slam title. “I don’t want to look bloated, but if I didn’t trust my player, something would be wrong.”
For the first six months of the season, however, it seemed that no change in Plíšková’s game and thinking was coming. At least the results did not suggest it. “You have to learn your self-confidence and I’m glad it came gradually. We built it gradually in training so that it could float out in the match. It slowly started to change and I’m really excited that Karolína shows it these two weeks,” he said.
At the Australian Open, Bajin found out how much Plíšková longed for grand slam success. When it knocked her down. “If you want too much, it’s the same as not wanting anything. It paralyzes you,” the coach said. “We started by going from match to match. Still, I believed he would succeed.”
Before Wimbledon, Plíšková did not win either of the two matches on the grass. And in the first round she lost to Slovenia Tamara Zidanšek 2: 5. “And then something broke,” Bajin said. “She got up from the bench and had a different look. She was a different player.”
They talked after the match and Bajin Plíšková said that this time he would stay at Wimbledon for both weeks. “And I repeated it to her every day. I’m so glad it worked out,” the coach smiled.
Plíšková highlights the coach’s approach. Above all, its positivity. “I’m just like that. I enjoy everything I do. Even the bubble. I’m glad I’m at Wimbledon, even if it’s for day two. And I believe it’s gradually being passed on to her, enjoying our work and training, “Bajin said.
The unique thing is that he does a lot of things with his charges himself. She’s worried about the players in shape, in the gym. “Maybe it helps to suffer with someone,” he said. And he invents other things. In Wimbledon, the players drive from the hotel to the complex for an hour this year, and the coach decided to put down his mobile phone during that time. “We’re just playing music. We both do it, though I’d rather watch match videos.”
He found out about Plíšková that he behaves differently during matches and outside the court. “Absolutely, which makes my work, let’s say, more fun. It looks icy during the game, but in private it is constantly laughing, joking and very pleasant,” he said. Thanks to Plíšková, he learned one thing about the Czechs. “The Czech mentality can be stubborn, but sometimes it is better to walk through the door and not walk through the wall,” he said.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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