Pliskova hires Vallverdu in bid for top spot

World No.2 Karolina Pliskova has signed up Andy Murray’s former coach in a bid to reclaim the WTA top ranking in 2020.

The Czech dumped Spaniard Conchita Martinez in November and has hired Venezuelan Daniel Vallverdu with former Ukraine Fed Cup player Olga Savchuk – a long-time friend – also joining the team.

“I didn’t want to stay where I was,” she said in Brisbane.

“Of course, the year was great. I played some good tournaments, so many good matches, and I finished actually like so close to the top.

“But I felt that there’s no way she (Martinez) can maybe help me more, so that’s why I changed.”

Vallverdu worked with Murray from 2010 to 2014 and was part of the Ivan Lendl-led team that helped the Scot win Olympic gold and the US Open in 2012 as well as Wimbledon in 2013.

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