Kvitova says she cut ties with Kotyza because game isn't 'improving'

by: Kamakshi Tandon | February 16, 2016

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The Czech has won just one match this season and has seen her ranking fall to No. 8. (AP)

Petra Kvitova has explained her decision to stop working with longtime coach David Kotyza, saying she wants to turn around her stagnating play.      

"I felt I needed some new input into my game,” she told the press in Dubai. “It’s not like we’re not talking anymore. David and I are still good friends, but he’s not my coach anymore … I feel I am not improving, and that is why I made this change."

Kvitova has stuttered recently. She’s won just one match this season and has seen her ranking fall to No. 8 following a year affected by mononucleosis and motivation problems.

The Czech, a two-time Grand Slam champion, will not initially look for a new coach to provide a turnaround. She’s decided to play on her own for a while.  

"Now I don’t have a coach, I’m just by myself,” she said. “I’m enjoying this change and I hope it will help my game ... I just feel this step is important for me to find out what I want, what I need to do, and how I can play well again.”

So far, she's enjoying it.

“I feel more free,” she said. “In practice, in matches, every decision now is about me. I am learning a lot about myself as a player. It is a lot of responsibility, of course. It is my job and my game, so everything is on me."

Kvitova took a wild card into the WTA event in Dubai. 

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