Sascha Bajin Reveals How Experience With Osaka and Serena Will Help Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon 2021 Finals

Published 07/10/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova during her semi final match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Toby Melville


World No.13 Karolina Pliskova is definitely proud of the campaign that she has led at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. She recently defeated Aryna Sabalenka to reach the finals of the Grand Slam. Her coach, Sascha Bajin, who has also worked with Naomi Osaka, is happy with her progress on the court as well.

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In a recent interview, Bajin revealed how his experience of working with Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams in the past has helped Pliskova. Bajin was the head coach of Osaka for two years and she even won the US Open 2018 title under him.

“I will continue to give her as much confidence as possible. It starts with the warm-up. I will not correct her when she does something wrong, but rather speak positively to her when she does something right,” said Bajin in the interview.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan hugs Serena Williams of the United States after winning the Women’s Singles finals match. Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. September 8, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

“As a coach, I can decide whether to say ‘Go under the ball’ for a weaker shot or to say ‘That was really good, I want to see that’ for a good one. I have to pay a little attention to my choice of words. These are little things. We will end up doing one or two exercises that are good for her. We never stop with serve or return, but with things that she can be aggressive about,” added the coach.

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Karolina Pliskova will face Ashleigh Barty in the Wimbledon Championships 2021 finals

It will be Pliskova and World No.1 Ashleigh Barty who will be crossing their paths in the finals of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. While the Czech player will be competing for her first Grand Slam title, Barty will be looking forward to adding the second major to her Grand Slam tally.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the first set during her semi-final match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Paul Childs

Bajin felt extremely confident before the match as he reflected that just like Pliskova, Barty will also be playing her maiden Wimbledon finals.

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“Then of course I hope that Ash Barty, who has never been to a Wimbledon final as well, is a bit nervous and that it will be played out on the same level,” concluded the 36-year-old German.

It’ll be intriguing to see who emerges as the winner of the tournament and who bites the dust. Will Pliskova be able to lift her first Grand Slam title under Bajin in London today?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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