“Conchita is very strict. She was behind me all the time after every shot, but I think I needed this. 

“We’ll see. I’m not expecting anything huge now, because I didn’t play many points. Everything needs a little more time to get into rhythm, but maybe later in the season. But you never know.”

Pliskova has reunited with Stubbs this week in Brisbane and despite having just a handful of jet-lagged days together, Stubbs says she’s pleased by what she’s seen. 

“That’s the one thing that I wish I had a little bit more time with her, in the off-season, but having said that, Conchita and I, we talked quite extensively about what we wanted to work on, what our thought process was and what we felt she needed to get better at and what did she think, and everything that she thought is what I thought,” Stubbs said. “So I was like, okay, I’m just going to leave it to you and not get too involved overly in what’s happening and video it and send it to me, because I trust Conchita, and vice versa. We’ve spoken a little bit since I’ve been here. That’s the nice thing about the collaborative work with the two of us is that we don’t have any egos with this thing. 

“Listen, Conchita and I both have egos, but when it comes to what’s best for Karolina, it’s what’s best for her.”

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