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Prague, Dec 1 (CTK) – The best Czech women’s tennis players, Karolina Pliskova (6th in WTA rankings) and Petra Kvitova have swapped coaches, and Kvitova will work together with Jiri Vanek and Pliskova with David Kotyza, Czech Fed Cup team spokesman Karel Tejkal confirmed to CTK on Thursday.

“I am glad that I will undergo the whole preparation for the season with the new coach,” said Kvitova, who was World No. 2 in 2011.

“She is a player who certainly ranks among the top ten in the world,” Vanek said.

Kotyza said his obligation to Pliskova was that the 2016 season should not remain her best. Earlier this year, Kotyza coached former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

“I am looking forward to the change and I believe that David will help me get even higher,” Pliskova said.
Pliskova cooperated with Vanek for two and a half years. They parted only recently, in mid-November.

Coached by Vanek, she won five tournaments and advanced to the final eight times, including the US Open in September. In October, she played the WTA Finals tournament for the first time.

Kvitova, double Wimbledon champion, stopped working with Kotyza after the Australian Open tournament in January. Kotyza was her coach for seven years.

This year, Kvitova was without a coach and then she shortly worked with Frantisek Cermak. Her performance was not successful in the first half of the season, however, then she won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic tournament and won two tournaments in China.

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